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Banna-ji Temple

It is a Grand Head Temple of the Shingon Buddhism Dainichi Sect. It was built by Ashikaga Yoshikane in 1196 during the Kamakura Period on the site of what had been an early fortified residence in Japan. The main hall was designated as a national treasure in 2013.

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LocationAshikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleflatland
Mountain's name
Designation National Treasure (Main Hall)
National Important Cultural Properties
National Historic Sites
Year built1196
Castle lordAshikaga Yoshikane
Refurbishment lord
Portrait of Ashikaga Yoshikane from Wikipedia

The family of Minamotono Yoritomo, who is The first Shōgun of the Kamakura Shogunate and Ashikaga Takauji, The first Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunnate is the grandson of his sixth generation.
Portrait of Ashikaga Takauji from Wikipedia

The founder and first shōgun of the Muromachi shogunate.
Family Crest of Ashikaga Clan from Wikipedia

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Ashikaga City image character
※Publication permitted by Ashikaga City

Residence of Ashikaga Clan admission

guide fee : 6000yen (for 15persons or less) 400yen for each additional person
admission time & closing period : reference official site by Ashikaga City

Residence of Ashikaga Clan Google Map

Residence of Ashikaga Clan Ruins Images 

Sanmon Gate and Taikobashi Bridge

Ashikaga Yosikane has built a Buddhist temple in the hall, which is the beginning of Banna-ji Temple. Later, when Ashikaga Takauji opened the Muromachi Shogunate, it was revered as the birthplace of Ashikaga and temple of guardian diety, received great protection.
It is called "Hōkei-yakata buildings", which were samurai residences built in the early Kamakura period and the period of the Northern and Southern Courts on flat land surrounded by moat and walls. Thanks to the shogunate's generous protection, the moat and earthworks keep their former appearance well even today.
Garden in spring season
Higashimon Gate
"Issaikyōdō Hall" designated as National Important Curtural Property

It is said that Ashikaga Yoshikane built it as a dōjō to study Buddhist scriptures for the memorial service of his deceased wife (from signboard).
In addition to the beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, the yellow leaves of ginkgo are wonderful in autumn, and the citizens call it "Dainichi-sama".
The image Character "Takauji-kun" is also a deputy captain of Ashikaga PR Unit.
【Takauji-kun became a coloring book】
Let's have fun with Takauji-kun coloring page! ⇒ click here

”If the children who are uneasy because they can not go to school or kindergarten because of the new coronavirus feel a little fun''
Maekawa Miho, Ashikaga City Office Planning Policy Division devised, and Ishi Akiyo, an illustrator living in the city, was in charge of the illustration (from Ashikaga Keizai Shimbun, Apr 10. 2020)

”Let's put on the completed coloring book to SNS with the hashtag "Takauji-kun Coloring ! " from Takauji-kun.
【Don't miss it !!】
↑ Ashikaga City Promotion Video on youtube ↑

Ashikaga City, which will reach the 100th year of municipal administration in 2021, is a regional base city in Tochigi Prefecture, and is famous as the birthplace of Ashikaga Clan. There was "Ashikaga School", where the missionary of the Warring States period, Louis Frois, described it as the only university in Japan. There are many dishes of what is called "class B Gurumet", tourist spot and so on.


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