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This is a Buddhist temple within the Tōdai-ji grounds in Nara City, and has been designated as a Japanese National Treasure. The famous event of “Omizutori (lit. Taking water) (Shuni-e lit. Second-Month Service)” is traditionally held here in early Spring. At present, the event is held in March of the lunar calendar but formerly it was held in February, due to Japan’s old lunisolar calendar—therefore it is the origin of the name, Nigatsu-do (lit. second month hall). The temple has two eleven faced Kannon Goddess of Mercy statues enshrined as principal objects of worship although no one can see them as they are unconditionally Buddhist images withheld from public view.


Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 in the Todaiji Temple

phone 0742225511

Open 24 hours can be worshiped

Review of Hokke-do

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Reviewed:2018/05/27 Unique and very interesting place with ancient statues
For us This unique place turned to be a great discovery during a day-trip to Nara. After visiting Nigatsu-do we’ve seen it by chance and decided to visit it.
We payed the entrance fee of 500 yen...
Reviewed:2017/05/31 Sangatsudo
Hokke-do, also called Sangatsu-do, is located near Nagatsu-do. Since this building requires an admission ticket, I just took a look from outside. Next time, I would like to visit inside if I have...
Reviewed:2016/05/30 Not worth the 500 yen
It's really just another temple, very small, however it is the oldest temple around. If you're not here for the religious meaning but as a tourist you may very well pass it by.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 in the Todaiji Temple [map]



Open 24 hours can be worshiped
open everyday
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          With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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