Gessho-ji Temple – 月照寺

The "Temple of Moonlight" is the family temple of the Matsudaira clan, Matsue’s longest reigning family, from 1638 to 1871. Each of the gates and graves of the nine generations of the Matsudaira clan represent a different period in the progression of Edo era architectural craftsmanship. You will also find a large stone sculpture of a tortoise bearing an even larger stone column on its back. The tortoise was rumoured to take nightly strolls about the town wreaking havoc, and therefore the large stone pillar was placed on his back to bring a halt to his nightly rampages. Gessho-ji is also renowned for its beautiful hydrangea blossoms in June.

Admission fee ¥500 (International Discount ›› ¥300)
Hours Apr - Nov, 9:00 - 17:00
Nov - Mar, 9:30 - 16:30
Tel 0852-21-6056
Access Located one kilometre west of Matsue Castle, north of Shinjiko Onsen Station. Lakeline bus from Matsue Station to Gessho-ji-mae stop (approx. 20 min.).