Koto-in is situated on the west side of Daitoku-ji compound. Founded at the begining of the 17th century by prominent warlord Hossokawa Tadaoki who fought together with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu for the unification of Japan. Later in his life he started practicing Zen under the Daitoku-ji abbot Seigan and became the disciple of the famous tea master Sen no Rikyu. He is buried with his wife at Koto-in. The temple has simple but elegant gardens, covered partly by moss, with a stone lantern and maple trees that burst of spectacular colors in November.