Nittaiji Temple Nagoya

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nittaiji Temple (Japan-Thai Temple) is close to Kakuozan Station on the Higashiyama Line of the Nagoya subway.

Nittaiji Temple, Kakuozan, Nagoya

This large non-affiliated temple dates from 1904 when it was called Nissenji (Japan-Siam Temple) and contains a portion of the ashes from the cremation of the historical Buddha, which were donated by the then Thai King Chulalongkorn.

The ashes were found in Northern Indian in 1898 by a British colonial period Estate Manager, William C. Peppe. There remains considerable doubt among scholars if the original relics "discovered" by Peppe are genuine or not.

Nittaiji Temple Pagoda, Nagoya

The grounds of Nittai-ji Temple contain the main building, an impressive pagoda (see above), the large main gate and a statue of King Chulalongkorn (1853-1910).
King Chulalongkorn also donated a rare bronze Buddhist statue to Nittaiji along with his original gift of ashes, which are contained in a 15m-tall, Gandhara style, granite stone stupa (Hoanto).

King Chulalongkorn's grandson, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the present King of Thailand, later donated another statue of Buddha and a tablet inscribed with his own calligraphy in gold leaf.

Nittaiji Temple Nagoya Aichi

1-1 Hoho-cho
Tel: 052 751 2121

Nittaiji Temple grounds

The road leading up to Nittaiji is lined with cafes, restaurants and craft shops and hosts a monthly flea market on the 21st of each month as well as seasonal Kakuozan festivals throughout the year.

From Exit 1 of Kakuozan Subway Station turn right and right again at Starbucks. Nearby is the interesting Yoki-so Villa, established by a direct descendant of the founder of the Matsuzakaya department store.


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