This Jodo Buddhist temple was brought to Hikone from Kozuke Province (present-day Gunma Prefecture) by Hikone's first castle lord, Naomasa Ii. Souan-ji is often called the "Red Gate" for the scarlet-painted gate that serves as the symbol of the temple.
The shrine's principal object of worship is an image of Amidha Buddha, brought from Osaka Castle during its summer siege in the early days of Hikone, afterwhich it was used as a decorative piece by Yodo-dono, the second wife of warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
- 3-7 Honmachi, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture 522-0064
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