The formal name of this superb building is Amida-do Hall. It was built in 1053 (late Heian Period) by the Regent Yorimichi Fujiwara. The building is regarded as almost the sole example of a remains from the glorious Fujiwara Regent Period, and thus can be considered one of the most important cultural assets of Japan. The most noteworthy feature is that the hall stands on a central island on a large pond which looks as if it is an elegant palace on the pond in the Buddhist Pure Land. The beautiful figure of the hall reflected on the water is just stunning. Seen from the front, the hall looked like a bird spreading its wings wide and there was a pair of phoenixes on the roof top, so people started to call the hall “Phoenix Hall” around the beginning of the Edo period (17th century). Its front faces the east; thus, it implies that the Buddhist Pure Land is to the west from across the Aji-ike Pond.