It is said that this temple was founded around 856.
The temple had fallen into ruin, but high priest Shunjo reestablished it in the early 13th century.
The temple developed after that, and Emperor Go-Horikawa set this temple as the Emperor Family temple.
So the emperors from Emperor Go-Mizunoo (1596-1680, the 108th) to Emperor Komei (1831-1867, the 121th) were buried in this temple.
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