A Japanese monk of the Kamakura period who blended zen andesoteric Buddhism. Trained in the Shingon school, he later studied with Zen masters, including Dōgen (1200–53), and also in China.where he received certification from Wu-men Hui-k'ai. After his return to Japan in 1254, he founded the Saihōji near Wakayama (later called the Kōkokuji), and enjoyed great success and prestige for his abilities in conducting esoteric rituals. He was honoured posthumously as National Teacher Hottō Emmyō. His lineage subsequently became known as the Hottō-ha.