Baiinzenji Temple

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Baiinzenji Temple (梅蔭禅寺) is Rinzai Buddhism temple located in Shimizu, Shizuoka. There is a grave of Shimizu Jirocho. Jirocho is the famous Youxia in late Edo period to beginning of Meiji period. He traveled all Japan and beat bad guys and helped innocent people. There are also the graves of Omasa, Komasa, Seiemon and Lady Ocho.

Tourist Info.
There is parking and restroom.
Admission: 300 yen for adult, 150 yen for kids. There is a group discount.
Open: 9:00 to 16:00

0. at JR Shimizu Station.
1. use local bus to Minatobashi.

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Detailed Travel Guide

Baiinzenji is Rinzai Buddhism Myoshin temple located in Shimizu, Shizuoka. It was established in Muromachi period.

There are graves of Shimizu Jirocho, Omasa, Komasa, Seiemon and Ocho Fujin.

There is Jirocho Museum. The garden has azalea, iris and lotus.

Shimizu Jirocho
Yamamoto Chogoro, aka Shimizu Jirocho, is the famous Youxia in late Edo period to beginning of Meiji period. He was popular No.1 lord of Youxia of Tokaido. He was born as the 2nd son of Takagi Sanuemon who was the captain of fisher shop in 1820.

In 1843, Jirocho left his house with his followers because he committed murder and traveled all over Japan. As Youxia, he beat bad guys and helped weak persons. This story became popular Samurai Story.

In 1868, he was assigned as the chief police force of Tokaido around Sumpu town. In the same year, the admiral Enomoto of old Tokugawa government left his fleet from Shinagawa Bay. One of his battle ship lost by storm, and escaped to Shimizu Bay. But all the crew was killed by New Meiji Government. The corpses were exposed under the weather because they are serious rebels agains government. Jirocho gathered those poor corpses and buried agains the order of the government. They tried to stop him, but he ignored them because there were no difference in poor died person between new or old government. After this event, he made a great friendship between Enomoto Takeaki and Yamaoka Tesshu who is one of the hero of Meiji Restoration.

Jirocho was used to be a serious gambling addict. After he he quit gambling and started supporting the development of Shimizu Bay. He also opened shipping agency and private English school for youth.