Established by Joe, Fujiwara-no-Kamatari’s eldest son, as the branch temple of Myoraku-ji (Tanzan Shrine) in AD 712. Widely known as the masterpiece of Tenpyo era sculpture, wood-core dry lacquer standing statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon (National treasure) is exalted by Tetsuro Watsuji in his book “Koji Junrei” (Ancient temple pilgrimage). Today, it is still enshrined in its form back then. Made in Edo era, a full-scale Koyasu Enmei Jizo principal statue is visited by many who pray for the safe delivery of a child as well as the pregnancy. Located half way up the foot of Tonomine, a whole view of Yamato Basin including Mt. Miwa and Hashihaka Tumulus can be seen from the precinct.