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The famous priest Kobo Daishi (Kukai) founded Toji in 823 A.D. by order of Emperor Saga. Toji dates from the Edo period, when it was rebuilt by order of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu. Toji stands 57 m high, and is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. The temple's formal name is Kyo-o Gokoku-ji, indicating that its function was protection of the nation. Its principal image is of Yakushi Nyorai, the healing Buddha. Toji is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in Kyoto, Japan. Its name means East Temple, and it once had a partner, Saiji (West Temple). They stood alongside the Rashomon, the gate to the Heian capital.