Nagoya-City Arako Kannon Temple
Aichi’s capital, Nagoya, has a long history, but due to the repeated and heavy air raid bombings of WW2, very few historical buildings remain. The oldest building still standing in the city is part of the Arako Kannon Temple, one of the cities four main Kannon Temples dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon.
Fire has not been merciful to the temple founded in the eighth century by the monk, Taicho-Taishi. The main prayer hall burned down as recently as 1994, and was rebuilt three years later, however the Tahoto Pagoda, dating from 1536, survived and is the cities’ oldest remaining wooden structure. The classically styled two-story pagoda is now recognized as a National Important Cultural Property. Records reveal that the pagoda was rebuilt by local carpenters using parts salvaged from an earlier temple building on the same site. The temple’s gates and other structures worth visiting also remain.