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Daijoji Temple Sites

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Daijoji Temple Sites
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Daijoji Temple was originally built by Iehisa Togashi in Oshinosho as an esoteric Buddhist temple, meant to be headed by the monk Chokai. Later, Iehisa and Chokai invited Gikai Tettsu from Eiheiji Temple to head Daijoji Temple, and in 1293 Daijoji Temple opened as the first Zen Buddhist temple in Kaga Province (now the southern part of Ishikawa Prefecture).
The Kanchiron, a record of the siege of Tako Castle, states that in 1488, the Kaga Ikko-Ikki rebellion of peasant farmers, Buddhist monks, Shinto priests and local nobles rose up against the ruling Samurai class. They laid siege to Masachika Togashi in Tako Castle, and the Ikki army, led by Yasutaka Togashi, was said to have prepared for battle at "Daijoji Temple in Nonoichi."
During the Edo era (1603-1868), Daijoji Temple came under the protection of the Lord Maeda of the Kaga Domain. The temple acquired land in Kinoshinbo, on the outskirts of Kanazawa Castle. It was later moved by the Honda family, the Maeda's chief retainers, to Honda-machi, Kanazawa, to become Bodaiji Temple, the Honda family's temple. In 1697, it was moved to its current location in Nagasaka-machi, Kanazawa.