There is a temple called Zojoji in Hamamatsu-cho, but did you know that it is related to the Tokugawa family?
During the Azuchi-Momoyama period, Ieyasu attacked Odawara Hojo and came to control the Kanto region. The Tokugawa family moved to the Kanto region, and Ieyasu soon searched for the Tokugawa family’s temple.
Zojoji was chosen as the family temple! After the establishment of the Edo Shogunate, Zojoji Temple prospered with the generous protection of Ieyasu.
Ieyasu died at the age of 75, leaving a will to hold his funeral at Zojoji Temple in 1616.
At Zojoji Temple you can see the tombs of the following generals;
* 2nd Hidetada
* 6th Ienobu
* 7th Ietsugu
* 9th Ieshige
* 12th Ieyoshi
* 14th Iemochi
※Ieyasu and Iemitsu also have a graveyard in Nikko. You will discover that important leaders in Japan often had affiliations with temples is key locations around Japan.
But it’s not sufficient. There were 15 generals (“shogun”) in the Edo period.
Where do the other generals rest in the grave, then?
“Kaneiji Temple” was built by a person named Tenkai, a priest who had great power in the Tokugawa family. In this Kaneiji temple you will see these generals tombs;
* 4th Ietsuna
* 5th Tsunayoshi
* 8th Yoshimune
* 10th Ieharu
* 11th Ienari
* 13th Iesada
The last shogun, 15th Yoshinobu, of the Kazoku tribe lost his title in the end. This meant that he was buried in the Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo, just like the common people.