According to the history of the temple, Ampuku-ji Temple was founded in the mid-Kamakura Period. In the first year of Bunmei Period (1469), the priest Ryoei, who was a disciple of the sixth chief priest of Nagakuni Daishou-ji Temple, restored Ampukuji-Temple. Ryoei became the first chief priest of Amuku-ji Temple after the restoration and constructed a large temple edifice. Although the edifice was destroyed by fire in Genroku Period, it was later reconstructed and has been the center of “faith in Kohboh-daishi”. Officially called Kongozan Muryojuin Ampuku-ji Temple, the temple is one of the old temples that belong to the Buzan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism.
Ampuku-ji Temple has an area of no less than 13,000 square meters including a burial ground, and also has five affiliated temples: Jokoin Temple, Manzo-ji Temple, Shinjuin Temple, Kangiin Temple, and Myokoin Temple.
Ampuku-ji Temple used to be a branch temple of Daigo-ji Sanboin Temple in Kyoto, but is now a branch temple of Hase-dera Temple, which is the head temple of the Buzan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. Following the teachings of Kohboh-daishi (the sect founder), Kohgyo-daishi (the founder of the Shingon Sect restoration), and Senyo-sojo (the school founder), Ampuku-ji Temple is committed to a variety of religious activities including propagandizing, conducting rituals, educating supporters and followers of the temple, and getting engaged in social welfare services.
The temple owns not only the principal image of Amitabha Tathagata (Amida-nyorai), the image of Acalanatha (Fudo-myo-o), and the image of Ksitigarbha (Jizo-bosatsu) but also many other treasures including;
・ 600 scrolls of the Great Wisdom Sutra (Daihannyakyou)
・ a scroll of Nezumi-shingyo, which is believed to be Kohboh-daishi’s own handwriting of the sutra
・ a hanging scroll of EightPatriarchs of Shingon Sect (Hasso-daishi)
・ a hanging scroll of TwelveDeities (Juniten)
・ a hanging scroll ofMandara of the Two Realms (Kintairyo-mandara)
・ images of TwelveDivine Generals (Yakushi-Junitennzo)
・ an image of Shakamuni Buddha brought from China
・ an image of Buddha sculptured by the priest Enku