The Daisenji Temple was opened by Shingen Takeda’s father, the Nobutora Takeda himself, who would later be buried within the temple grounds after drowning in the Shinshu lake. Takeda’s grave, along with several other portraits and cultural property have been left at the temple. The architecture is beautiful, with gates and stone pathways like artpieces. When you step through the front gate, you’re immediately greeted by two maple trees growing on either side, their leaves illuminated by sunbeams. Around a 15 minute walk away from the Daisenji Temple is the “Kawashirizuka” (a famous stone monument). After Mr. Takeda died, Oda Nobunaga’s vassal Hidetaka Kawashira was given control of the Kainokuni Province, but after the “honno-ji incident” wherein Oda Nobunaga was forced to commit suicide, his former allies, members of the Takeda family lead a rebellion against him with the help of local farmers. It’s said that the Kawashizuka was buried upside down, deep within the earth by the rebels. Next to the Kawashizuka is the Shingen cremation mound. It was the first place Shingen’s remains were stored. The Shingen clan ordered three years of secrecy, and only three years later would a funeral be held at the Kofu City Erinji Temple. *Last updated November 2016