Genre : Shrines & Temples
Area : Tawarayama
Nouman-ji Temple was erected in 806 by the reknowned Japanese Buddhist monk Kukai, who had recently returned from a scholarly expedition to China.
Visitors to the temple today will be met with the bright scarlet of the temple gate, main hall, and small surrounding shrines at the crest of the temple's stone steps.
The ceiling of the temple's main hall is graced with ink paintings of flowers and islands by the master ink wash painter Sesshu, and within the small shrines dotting the temple grounds, wooden statues of the bodhisattva Kannon.
On the hill behind the temple grows a great tree (the "Shii-no-ki"), and at the crest of the hill, the temple's inner sanctum, which comprises part of a great pilgrimage path for followers of Shingon Buddhism.
Nouman-ji Temple is especially beautiful in autumn, partly for the two great gingko trees which grow on either side of its main gate.
Best season for gingko trees: Mid-November
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