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History, culture

Gōshōji Temple

A prestigious temple that was the center of Kohamajuku

Gōshōji, also called “Kohama Gobō,” is a temple of the Honganji school of the Jōdo Shinshū sect of Buddhism. It played a pivotal role in the development of Kohama, a semi-fortified town built around the temple. Since the town was an important transport hub, many samurai warlords passed through here. Toyotomi Hideyoshi is said to have stayed with Sen no Rikyū on the way to Arima Onsen. Toyotomi Hidetsugu, a nephew of Hideyoshi fell in love with Kame, a daughter of the chief priest of the temple, and took her in as a concubine.


Although the temple was set aflame in the wake of Hidetsugu’s death, it regained its power in the Tokugawa era (Edo Period). At that time, it was permitted to use the jūroku-kikuka chrysanthemum crest to signify its status as a temple where the head of a Buddhist sect also played the role of chief priest. The still-visible crest on its nokimarugawara roof tiles and the five white jōgisuji lines drawn on the earthen walls indicate the temples high prestige.

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Name Gōshōji Temple

History, culture (Temples)

Phone 0797-86-2424
Address 5-5-12 Kohama, Takarazuka Directions
Access Take the Hanshin Bus from Hankyu/JR Takarazuka Station, get off at Kohama stop, and walk 1 min.
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Parking No parking available
Wi-Fi No free Wi-Fi access on premises
Foreign language assistance