The foundation of the Heisen-ji temple dates back to 737 AD. It became a place of worship for the Kamakura government after 1190 and a place of worship for the first lord of the Yamagata castle in 1356. The rice bowl offered in 1601 by Mogami Yoshiaki, the 11th lord of Yamagata, is designated a municipal tangible cultural property.
There are stone Buddha statues from eighty-eight Western countries on the precincts of the main temple.
- Heisen-ji Temple
Bangai 1 Hirashimizu, Yamagata city
About 16 minutes by car from Yamagata Station (5.7km)
- Parking lot
The weeping cherry tree and Benishidare tree in the precincts are very big cherry trees with a respective height of about 8 meters and about 15 meters. Both are designated municipal natural monuments.