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Nata-dera temple

Nata-dera templeNata-dera is a temple of Koyasan Branch of Shingon Buddhism, one of the major schools of Japanese Buddhism.
It is located about 10 km south of central Komatsu city, and about 3 km southwest of Awazu hot spring resort.

It is said to have started in 717 when Priest Taicho enshrined a statue of the thousand-handed Kan'non.
And when Emperor Kazan visited here in 986, he gave the name "Nata-dera" to this temple.
In the 14th century, this temple had come to ruin by civil wars. But Toshitsune Maeda, the 2nd lord of Kaga Clan, restored in 1640.

The site of the temple is on the slope of the mountain, then there are forests, ponds, beautiful garden and rocky hills in the site.

The main temple is near a huge rocky cliff, and the thousand-handed Kan'non is enshrined in the temple.
In cluding this main temple, Shoin (Priest's studu room) and Kuri (Priest's living house), Three-storied pagoda, Bell Tower and Gomadou temple are designated as nationally important cultural properties.

Kondou-Kaouden temple has been rebuilt in 1990, and all Buddhist memorial services are held in this temple.

And Yusenkyo cliff is the most popular spot in this temple.

Nata-dera official website

How to get to here

By railroad

  1. Get off at Kaga-Onsen station on JR Hokuriku Line.
    From Kanazawa, about 25-30 minutes by any limited express.
    From Osaka, about 2 hours 15-25 minutes by limited express "Raicho" or "Thunderbird".
    From Maibara (transferring from Tokaido Shinkansen), about 1 hour 25 minutes by limited express "Shirasagi".
  2. By sightseeing route bus "CANBUS", about 28 minutes on "Mountain Route". (One day ticket : 1,000 yen)

By car

Run on the Hokuriku Expressway, and exit at Komatsu or Kaga Exit. About 14-18 km from there.




Main gate of Nata-dera Kondou-Kaouden temple
Main temple of Nata-dera Ryubien garden covered with moss
Yusenkyo cliff
Shoin and Kuri in Nata-dera
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Gomadou temple in Nata-dera
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Three-storied pagoda in Nata-dera
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan
Bell tower in Nata-dera
Photo by Rettou-houmotsukan

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