Erinji temple was built in 1330 with Muso Soseki as its founder. Muso was in his day the foremost designer of Japanese gardens, and went on to design many gardens in Kyoto, some of which are UNESCO world heritage sites such as Saihoji and Tenryuji. Although the garden was built at the same time, the original entire temple burned down in the sixteenth century. Some of the present garden had to be restored in the Edo period. Erinji Garden’s focus is on a pond, with borrowed scenery behind it of a rockery, a favorite style and theme of Muso. There focal points are from various viewpoints: including from an arched bridge, and the more orthodox view from a tatami room. The central island in the pond contains an enormous Japanese pine tree, the garden’s most famous and unique element. Erinji is a part of the Myoshin-ji Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The temple was once the family temple of Takeda Shingen who is buried here.