Natadera Temple 那谷寺

  • Published on : 18/06/2019
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The temple with prayer halls carved into the rock.

Near the city of Komatsu and the Sea of Japan, Natadera Temple worships the Buddhist goddess Kannon and Mount Hakusan. Nestled in the heart of Ishikawa Prefecture, one of Japan's most unspoilt regions, discover Natadera: a haven of peace built on a sacred site to which locals have given soul-purifying powers for thousands of years. It is one of the most protected treasures of modern Japan.

In the most important buildings of Natadera, there is first of all the Honden , the main pavilion of the temple , which, built against the cliff made it an integral part of the building.

There is also the golden pavilion, Kondô kaô-den , which hosts all Buddhist ceremonies in Natadera. Built of Japanese cypress wood in the architectural style of the Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), it houses a statue of the goddess Kannon.

The various buildings on the site blend into nature, which then becomes part of the magnificent ensemble that is Natadera.

Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    The Natadera temple is served by the Can Buses (Yamawari road). The bus ride from Kaga Onsen Station takes about 50 minutes and there are 1 or 2 departures per hour.
  • Price

    600 yen (about 5€)
  • Access

    8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (March to November) 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (December to February)
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