Gesshoji Temple
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Gesshoji is the family temple of the Matsudaira clan, which ruled over the Matsue domain, and it is here that the graves of the 1st Matsudaira Lord, Naomasa, through to the 9th Lord, Nariyoshi, lie. Lafcadio Hearn has extolled the peaceful atmosphere of this temple. In the northern part of the temple grounds stands a huge stone statue of a tortoise. This tortoise is said to stagger around night after night frightening people. In memory of the tea master Lord Fumai, a chasen kuyo (tea whisk memorial service) is held every year on the Sunday nearest to April 24, the anniversary of Lord Fumai's death. In June, the temple overflows with blooming hydrangeas, and it is for this reason that the temple is commonly referred to as the "hydrangea temple."
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Address Matsue city, Nakabara-cho
Access Next to the Gesshoji Temple bus stop on the Lake-line sightseeing bus service
Telephone 0852-21-6056