Jurin-ji is also known as Narihira-dera, in memory of the Heian-era poet Ariwara no Narihira - legendary lover and hero/author of Tales of Ise.
Garden in front of Jurin-ji Temple.
One of Narihira's pastimes was making salt by boiling seawater. According to legend, when his lover Nijo no Kisaki visited nearby Oharano shrine, Narihira coloured the smoke purple as a sign of his love. In a bamboo grove behind the temple are the remains of the salt-making kiln.
Remnants of Narihira's kiln.
In front of the temple hondo is a stone statue of Narihira. There is also a collection of statues in a hall beside the hondo.
Memorial to Ariwara no Narihira.
View from above the hondo.