A Temple of Rich Cultural Properties from the 16th Century. Shunkoin Temple possesses many important artistic and cultural properties related to Zen Buddhism, and also has a deep connection with Shinto and Christianity.
Shunkoin Temple is located inside of Myoshinji Temple (the Myoshinji temple complex) and was established in 1590 by Horio Yoshiharu, a feudal load in the 16th century.
The temple houses the historic artifacts, like the screen paintings by Kano Eigaku and the Bell of Nanbanji Church, which is one of the oldest Christian bell in Japan.
In the early and mid-20th century, Shunkoin Temple became the important place for the modern Buddhism. Rev. Kozan Kawakami, who was the head priest, created the index for Tripitaka. His work has contributed to the archaeological researches of Buddhism. During that period, a Zen and Kyoto School philosopher, Shin-ichi Hisamatsu resided here and lead his tea practices. D.T. Suzuki was a frequent visitor of the temple and discussed Zen Buddhism with Dr. Hisamatsu.