Nanendo Temple

This octagonal temple located inside the Kohfukuji Temple is designated an Important Cultural Property. As the ninth station in the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, the temple is visited by an unending stream of worshippers. The temple was built in 813 by the noble Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu in prayer for the happiness in the next world of his father, Fujiwara no Uchimaro. The current temple was rebuilt in 1789, the fourth time the temple was rebuilt, in an old-fashioned style believed to be modeled after the Hokuendo Temple, also located inside the Kohfukuji. The two principle objects of worship enshrined inside the temple, the Seated Figure of Amoghapasa and the Standing Figures of the Four Heavenly Kings, were created by famed sculptor Kokei. The temple doors behind which these statues are hidden are only opened on October 17 each year during the Reading of the Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 48
[Special Door Sunday] 9:00-17:00 * Visit only on 10/17 every year
open everyday
The temple admission fee is 10Monday17Sunday special opening 1Sunday only
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (not inside the hall)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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