加藤 清正 Kato Kiyomasa (July 25, 1561 – August 2, 1611), the 大名 daimyo of 熊本 Kumamoto is enshrined at Jochibyo, part of 本妙寺 Honmyo-ji Temple in 熊本 Kumamoto.
Honmyo-ji Temple is recognised as being the pre-eminent temple of Nichiren Buddhism throughout the entire island of Kyushu, west of Japan.
加藤 清正 Kato Kiyomasa was a devoted practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism and renowned for his skills in envisioning and building impenetrable fortresses.
He was the architect and constructor of Kumamoto Castle, which became his primary residence during the Azuchi Momoyama and Edo periods.
That Jochibyo, Kiyomasa’s eternal resting place, is built at the same height as that of 熊本城 Kumamoto Castle, seems apt.
It takes the stepping of about two thousand footsteps and the climbing of about four hundred and seventy-five staircases to get to Jochibyo.
The journey of two thousand steps begins.
Guardians of the main gate into the area that eventually leads into the shrine and to Kato Kiyomasa’s tomb.
Numerous temples line the path leading to Kato Kiyomasa’s resting place.
Many families and individuals have also chosen to be laid to rest here along this path since Kato Kiyomasa’s burial four hundred years ago.
A resting place along the way.
The garden path inside Honmyo-ji Temple.
The gate of Honmyyo-ji Temple.