Family temple of the Matsudaira clan, known for its serenity and hydrangeas
Gesshoji Temple, the ‘Temple of Moonlight’, is the family temple of the Matsudaira clan, the feudal lords of the Matsue domain during the Edo period. Inside the temple precincts, being designated a national historical site, are many relics and artifacts such as ‘Karamon’ (Chinese-style gate), a large turtle sculpture featured in the writings of Lafcadio Hearn and a tea room that was used by Matsudaira Fumai himself. Gesshoji temple is popular among people as the temple of history and faith. During mid-June to mid-July, beautiful hydrangeas bloom inside the temple. Many people come to enjoy the flowers in the quiet serene historical atmosphere.
|Tel. No. for Inquiries||月照寺 TEL：0852-21-6056|
|Operating Hours||[April to November] 09:00 to 17:00
[December to March] 09:30 to 16:30
[Junior high school, and high school students] ¥300
[Elementary school students] ¥250
*There are a variety of discounts available, such as group discounts (30 people or more)
*Matcha (with a sweet snack) ¥400
|Holidays||Open all year round|
|Access||・Approx. 10 mins. by taxi from JR Matsue Station
・Approx. 20 mins. by municipal bus (Lake Line) from JR Matsue Station, then it's immediately nearby after getting off at Gesshoji bus stop
・Approx. 15 mins. by municipal bus / Ichibata Bus (bound for Matsue Shinjiko Onsen) from JR Matsue Station, get off at Koyuhashi, then walk approx. 10 mins.