Shogetsuin Temple is a temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism and is situated on a hill. The temple is also known as Hana-dera (flower temple) or Sakura-dera (cherry blossom temple) because of the many cherry trees planted there, including the rare higan early blooming cherry tree. The temple grounds include a beautiful garden featuring early-flowering weeping cherries, pine trees, and sago palms. The temple is famous for its spectacular views overlooking Ito City and the sea. It is also the family temple and birthplace of Mokutaro Kinoshita, a literary figure from the nearby town of Ito. In the beautifully maintained pond garden there is a pond next to the main temple is Bentendo Hall devoted to the goddess Benten. It is one of the stops on the tour of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune trail. There’s a story about a couple of peasants who found a shining statue of a dragon among the rice paddies. The night after they placed it in their home Benzaiten has appeared at their bedside ordering them to enshrine the statue where the clear water flows.