In the latter half of the 16th century, Horino Jirozaemon, a resident of Ekoda, where this temple is located, on instructions from a priest of the Bushu Mitake-jinja Shrine named Genkyo, built a hall to the south of the Ekoda Mitake-jinja Shrine. And this was the beginning of Tofuku-ji Temple. Jirozaemon installed as the main image a standing figure of the Wisdom King Fudomyoo said to have been carved from a single piece of wood by the great priest Kobo Daishi Kukai (774–835). Genkyo named the temple Kimpo-san Seson-in Tofuku-ji.
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During the Edo period (1603–1868), Tofuku-ji Temple was designated as a place where the Tokugawa shoguns could rest. The third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604–51), and the eighth shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684–1751), relaxed there while hawking. The temple environment is blessed with many old trees and with warm temperatures in winter and cool temperatures in summer.