When Mitsukuni was 18 years of age, he read the "Hakui Retsuden" story from the Chinese historical work called "Shiki" and, thoroughly impressed, decided to enshrine his wooden statue in this temple.
(Full Moon Bridge)
The reflection of the bridge in the pond produces a full circle with the appearance of a full moon. The design of this bridge is said to have been created by the Confucian scholar, Shushunsui of the Ming dynasty. It has important historical significance because, along with the Tokujin-do, it has survived in its original form and provides a glimpse of the early Edo Period.
This is the area of the garden where the Mito Clan maintained a "shoin"-style guesthouse. In the past, this area was separated from the pond part of the garden as a separate garden by the use of a Chinese-style gate.