The grounds of this place are nothing short of magnificent. An image of Fudomyoo was carved around the year 800 in Kyoto by Kukai (the founder of Shingon Buddhism) at the request of the Emperor Saga. In 939 there was a revolt against the emperor (who lived in Kyoto). Priest Kanjo received a secret order from Emperor Sazaku to suppress the revolt. He traveled to Kyoto and obtained the image, bringing it Narita. Over the image he performed a three week Goma rite for peace. Miraculously, on the final day of the Goma rite (Feb. 14, 940), the revolt was totally suppressed. Priest Kanjo prepared to return the Fudomyoo image to Kyoto. However, the image had mysteriously grown as heavy as a huge stone and could not be moved. The priest heard the oracle of Fudomyoo say "My wish has not been fulfilled. I wish to stay here forever and relieve the innumerable people from suffering." Upon hearing about this, Emperor Sazaku ordered a temple be erected to enshrine the image on that spot. Thus the establishment of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. The grounds, which are quite large, have been in use as a Buddhist retreat ever since.