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8:30a.m`5:30p.m.
Admission fee 400Yen

@In 1664, an existing temple was transformed into the "Temple of Moonlight" to serve as the family temple for the Matsudaira clan. The main building was dismantled during the Meiji Restoration's conversion to State Shintoism and has never been rebuilt. What remains, however, are the graves of nine generations of the Matsudaira replete with intricately carved gates, each gate representing a different period in the progression of Edo era architecturalcraftsmanship.
@The grandest burial plot, at the far left, belongs to Naomasa, grandson of Tokugawa leyasu and Matsue's first Matsudaira daimyo. Ensconced behind its own moat, it is also the largeest.
@Each successive gate follows with its own motif. Of particular note are the grapes on the gate leading to Lord Fumai's tomb, carved by Lord Fumai's friend and master craftsman, Kobayashi Jotei. Also of note is the large, stone obeliskbearing turtle in front of the sixth Matsudaira's tomb. It was long rumored that this turtle would take nightly strolls about the grounds, stopping to drink from the pond in the main courtyard.