- 877 (Gangyō 1): The temple is founded, and it takes its name from the era (nengō) in which it was first established.
- 986 (Kanna 2): The emperor Kazan abdicated in this temple. He renounced his throne and the world. Two courtiers, the chūnagon Yoshikane and the sachūben (左中辨 middle-level controller of the left) Korenari, decided to follow the former emperor's example and became Buddhist priests themselves. After this, the temple was also known more popularly as Kazan-ji (花山寺, Temple of (Emperor) Kazan).
- List of Buddhist temples in Kyoto
- For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, and Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism.
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