The temple sits along the Araki River in Furukawacho Sannomachi and is a short 10-minute walk from Hida-Furukawa Station. The muted wooden tones of the temple buildings, masterful carpentry, and surrounding greenery create an atmosphere of tranquillity with oneself and nature.
Originally part of the Jodo Shinshu Higashi Hongan-ji school, it transferred to the Nishi Hongan-ji school in 1705.
Hida pays respect to Shinshuji annually with a winter tradition called Santera Mairi. On January 15th, locals and visitors gather to walk around the area’s three temples (Enkoji, Honkoji, and Shinshuji) in commemoration of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist path. Though now, the tradition focuses more on relationship prosperity. During this time, the canals and streets are illuminated with candles, creating a truly magical scene.
The nearby Imamiya Bridge, which passes over the Araki River, provides a popular photo spot, with its vibrant vermilion red that pops against the natural tones of the river, temple, and surrounding nature.
During the spring, the cherry blossoms outside the temple can be seen illuminated at night.