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Nagoya-City Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)

  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)
  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)

Japan’s unique resting place of the Buddha Holy Remains

People may not know about Buddhist practices with much detail, but most of the world certainly heard about Buddha. Historians agree that he really existed, and that the burial ashes accidentally found in 1898 are really his. Enter Kakuozan Nittaiji Temple, a holy repository of part of the Buddha sacred remains that were given as gift to Japan from King Chulalongkorn of Siam, the country now named Thailand.

Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)

Built in 1904, this vast facility with over 330,000 square meters is a landmark to honor the friendship between Thailand and Japan, and to unify the several Buddhist sects of Japan. The very district name, “Kakuozan”, comes from this important place: “Kakuo” being one of the names by which Buddha is called in the country, and “zan” meaning “mountain”. Another interesting fact: when construction of the initial temple was completed, it was named Nissenji, which meant “Japan-Siam Temple”. In 1939, Siam became Thailand, and that prompted Japanese priests to rename it to the current denomination in 1942.

A vast complex of utterly important constructions

Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)

Besides the 15-meter high Gandhara-style stupa tower made in granite which enshrines the Holy Ashes, called Hoanto, the temple has several buildings that are a plateful for tourists.
•Main Prayer “Hondo” Dharma Hall: houses the original figure of Buddha also donated by the King of Siam in order to congratulate the decision to build a dedicated temple. The bronze statue plated in gold is believed to have been already over 1,000 years-old when gifted to Japan, and was considered a National Treasure in Thailand not only for its spiritual significance, but also because its manufacture employed an ancient technique long forgotten in that country. It also houses several other important relics.
•“Shariden” Reliquary Hall
•“Gojunoto” five-storied pagoda: a 30 meter-high tower housing sutras also gifted by Thailand
•“Bochi” Cemetery: resting place of many important figures of the past
•“Reido” Spirit Hall: a modern indoor cemetery with four pavements
•The statue of King Chulalongkon: adorned by the “kaikozu” flower planted by the Crown Prince of Thailand himself, and which blooms on May and June
•Main Gate with the two majestic statues of Ananda and Mahakasyapa
•Bell Tower
•“Koshakudai” Incense Hall
•“Fumonkaku” Wide Gate Hall
•“Hootai” Phoenix Hall
•“Soketsuan”, or “Taroan” Tea House
•The “Hachiju-hakkasho Reijo”, a simulacrum of the pilgrimage throught the 88 Spiritual Spots of Japanese Buddhism

  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)
  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)
  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)
  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)
  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)
  • Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)


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Location : 〒464-0057
1-1, Hoo-cho, Chikusa-ward, Nagoya-City, Aichi
Fee : Free
days / hours
: 5:00 to 16:30
Parking : Available
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : Open everyday
Phone number : 052-751-2121

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, take the subway Higashiyama Line.
    Alight at Kakuozan Station and 15 minutes' walk.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    20 minutes from Nagoya Expressway Fukiage-higashi Exit.

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