This temple was said to be constructed by the Ritsu school of Buddhism in 807, by Kukai. The original name of the temple was Jofuku-ji. The major object of worship at this temple, a statue of Juichimen-Kannon, is estimated to have originated in the early years of the Heian Period and no doubt was extant in the 9th century. During the Edo Period this temple changed its sect affiliation and name to fall under the protection of the Mizuno clan, a clan of Daimyo in the region. Today, the temple belongs to Daigakuji-ha of Shingon Buddhism.