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奈良 大願寺 Nara Daigan-ji Nara Daigan Temple

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Nara Daigan Temple is an Omuro Shingon Buddhist temple in Ouda-ku, Uda, Nara Prefecture. The name of the mountain where it is sited is Mt Satta.

Nara Daigan Temple is also called Shichifuku-ji. Soga-no-umako established the temple on the order of the prince Shotoku. During the Edo period, the Uda Matsuyama clan preserved it.

The principal image of Nara Daigan Temple is a statue of the Eleven-headed Kannon-bosatsu. The temple was once burnt down yet the image was saved miraculously. As a result, the image is now called the 'Non-burning Kannon'.

It is also believed that the image can help avert fire disasters. Within the precinct, rare items include Buddhist stones and Fudezuka of Morino Yoshinori. It is famous for its Lenten fare.
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転法輪寺 Tenpourin-ji Tenporin Temple

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Tenporin Temple belongs to the Shingonshu Daigo Buddhist sect, and is located on the summit of Mt Kongo, the tallest mountain in the Kongo-Ikoma range in Nara Prefecture. The index of the temple's name is Mt Kongo. It was also once called the Ichijo Tenporin Temple.

This temple is a holy place for the mountain religion, and is also a training ground of Shugen for both the Tendai and Shingon sects.

Tenporin Temple was built in 666 by Enno-Gyoja (a Japanese ascetic and mystic) in order to deify Hoki Bosatsu. The Katsuragi Shrine was built to deify Hitokotonushinogami, which resulted in a sacred mountain where Shintoism and Buddhism mixed.

The mountain, which was once called Mt Katsuragi or Mt Takama in ancient times, changed its name to Mt Kongo by taking the index name of the Tenporin Temple.

Among the hills around the temple are many megaliths and ancient trees, such as fukuishi, kongogo and the meoto-sugi cedar. At the summit of Mt Kongo is an observatory, which faces Sennan. On clear days, there is a distant view of Kansai International Airport and Awaji Island.
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唐招提寺(世界遺産) Toshodai-ji Toshodaiji Temple

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Toshodaiji Temple was established by a Chinese monk called Ganjin and is the headquarters of the Risshu Buddhist sect in Nara Prefecture.

Ganjin was invited to Japan by Shomu Emperor but he failed his sea trip five times and suffered from many troubles like losing his eyes. 12 years later, he finally arrived in Japan.

After staying at Todaiji Temple in Nara for five years, in the third year of the Tenpyo-hoji period (759), he was offered the former residence of Nitabe Shinno. He had Toshodaiji built as a training place to study Buddhist commandments.

Later his image was sculpted as a atatue and has been preserved in Miei-do. The statue is the oldest figure of its type and is a National Treasure.

At Toshodaiji, there are many valuable Buddhist buildings such as Golden Building, the only Tenpyo one existing now, and the ruin of Heijo-kyu. In 1989, the temple was designated as a World Heritage site and as one of the cultural assets of Nara, the old capital.
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不退寺 Futai-ji Futai-ji Temple

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Futai-ji is a temple of the Shingon-risshu sect and is located near Mt Kinryu in Nara Prefecture. The temple is also known as Narihira-ji.

In the 14th year of the Jowa period (847), after the Heijo Emperor had abdicated, he left Nara, the capital, and built Kayano-gosho, the origin of Futai-ji. Apo Shinno and his son, Arihara Narihira, succeeded to the building. After Apo Shino died, Arihara Narihira made the Sei-Kannon statue to mourn his father's death and founded this temple.

Inside the temple are some Important Cultural Assets, including a wooden Sei-Kanzeon Bosatsu statue, otherwise called 'Narihira Kannon', and a wooden Godai-myoo statue.

The temple features a Yosemune-style building from the Muromachi period, a tile-roofed main building, a 'four-leg' south gate from the late Kamakura period, and so on.

The temple has a third name name, 'Nanto Flower's Old Temple', and you can enjoy beautiful flowers in the garden throughout the four seasons.
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