Untouan is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Soto School that is situated in the foothills of Mt. Kinjo, in the Unto district of Minamiuonuma City. It was founded by Uesugi Norizane in the Muromachi period, and rebuilt in 1707. Tradition has it that text from the Lotus Sutra was inscribed on the underside of every flagstone on the path that leads up to the main hall of the temple, so that visitors to the temple who followed this route on their way to worship at the main hall could accumulate merit in the process. The Untouan temple is famous as the place where Uesugi Kagekatsu and Naoe Kanetsugu were educated as boys.
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Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Untou 660 [map]
- [Mid Apr.-Nov.] 9:00-17:00
[Dec.-Mid Apr.] 10:00-15:30 ¥ ※ Reception is 30 minutes Gates shut
- open everyday
- [Admission fee to worship]300yen
- Parking Lot
- Available (32 spaces, bus 4 spaces)
- Credit Card
- Not available
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot about59minutes
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