Began with a single structure built by Saicho, 767-822: founder of the Tendai sect, on Mt. Hiei. It was transferred to its present site in 1656. Manshu-in is a monzeki temple which means the post of head priest was always taken by a member of the imperial family. The Main Hall Shoin, Study and priests’ living quarters are all Important Cultural Properties. Paintings on the inner sliding doors are by Kano Tanyu, 1602-1674 and the dry landscape garden is a Place of Scenic Beauty. The painting of the Ki-Fudo,Yellow Fudo: Acala is one of three such celebrated works. This is a copy of an original painted in the 9th century. It was said a golden Fudo appeared before a priest undergoing ascetic training on Mt. Hiei. He had the image painted.

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