Sekkoji is a Buddhism temple of Jodo sect in Taima Town, Nara Prefecture. It was founded during Emperor Tenchi's reign by En no gyoja, a magico-religious practitioner who trained himself at Mt. Katsuragi. It houses a Miroku Sekibutsu that is the oldest stone image of Buddha in Japan. The temple is also known for its peonies in the gardens. Visitors can enjoy the peonies wearing strawhats in full bloom in winter. It is said that the legendary princess Chujo -hime had a close relation to this temple. Princess Chujo-hime, daughter of Fujiwara Toyonari, was a nun at the Taima-dera in Nara. She is said to have woven the famous Lotus Thread mandala, which can still be seen at Taimadera , at this temple.