Ichibata Yakushi Temple is located 200m up the side of a mountain in Hirata-cho in Izumo.
The temple was established in 894AD when a statue of Yakushi-nyorai, the Healing Buddha, was found in the sea at Aka-ura Bay not far from the temple. The temple was originally called Iou-ji Temple, and belonged to the Tendai tradition. After Zen Buddhism was introduced from China in the 14th century, this temple, like many others, was converted to the Rinzai Zen tradition and was remaned Ichibata-ji. In the early 18th century it was converted into the Myoshin-ji sect and is now the head-quarters of the Ichibata Yakushi tradition, which has fifty temples throughout Japan.