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Nittaiji temple

Nittaiji templeNittaiji temple is a Buddhist temple located about 7 km east of Nagoya station.
It is a unique temple because it doesn't belong any religious sects of Buddhism.

In 1898, the ash of Buddha (563 B.C.-483 B.C.) was found by Britain in India where he had been living.
And Britain transferred it to Thailand which had been one of the religious Buddhist countries the following year. (The main religion of India had become Hinduism.)
The King of Thailand allocated it to several Buddhist countries in the world, and it was also given to Japan in 1900.

In Japan, some cities had bid to construction of the new temple for the ash of Buddha.
Nagoya city attracted eagerly and succeeded. Then the new temple was completed in 1904.
Most of the buildings in the temple were rebuilt relatively recently.
"Nittaiji" means "Japan Thailand temple".

On the east side of the temple, there are miscellaneous mini temples and stone statues within some hundred meters.
The pilgrimage of 88 temples in Shikoku Island is very popular in Japan, but all people cannot tour easily.
So its small copy has been created here by local people. Of course, each of they has a number between 1 and 88.
It is said that they has the same effect of the pilgrimage of Shikoku.

On the 21st of each month, many local people come to tour here.
(The 21st day is the day when High Priest Kuukai was dead. (774-835 March 21.))

How to get to here

By subway

Get off at Kakuozan (Higashiyama Line).
Then walk for about 5 minutes.

Main gate of Nittaiji temple
Main temple and five-story pagoda in Nittaiji
The temple housing the ash of Buddha
The crowd in the 21st day
Some small temples of 88 temples Some small temples of 88 temples

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