Byakugô-ji, a Buddhist temple situated at the foot of Mt. Takamado, is believed to have been originally built as the villa of Prince Shiki, a famous poet from the 7th to 8th century. His works are contained in Man’yô-shû, Japan’s first anthology compiled in the 8th century, and familiar to the Japanese people. The following is a poem from Man’yô-shû lamenting his death in 716.

The bush clovers in the autumn meadow of Takamado,
Do they bloom in vain and fall,
When there is no one to see?

Man’yô-shû, No. 231.

In autumn, the precincts of the temple is filled with hagi (Japanese bush clover) flowers.