Gango-ji Temple ②

UNESCO World Heritage

Gango-ji Temple Futoden, Old style tiles, Zen Room

Futoden (orderly line of tombstones)

Until fairly recently, the stones were piled up on the northwest side of the Zen Room, but in 1988, they were lined up as they are today and called Futoden. “Futo” refers to Buddha, “den” refers to Rice field, just as the characters suggest, Buddhist images and stupa are lined up like a rice field in this place.

The old-style tiles from the Asuka Era

The northern and western flow of the tiles on the roof of Gokuraku Hall, and the southern and eastern flow of the tiles on the Zen Room have a look that is a little different from regular tiles.
The rounded and flat tiles overlap. They use old-style tiles from the Asuka Era (founded as Hoko-ji). 

Zen Room

Zen Room is the remains that were conserved from the old Gangoji temple such as the fourth room of the priests’ living quarters in the east room of the south floor (Higashi-muro Minami-kai Daibou)

The Gokuraku Frog, which stands facing Gokuraku-do Hall, listens to people’s prayers to return home safely or have a turn of luck, playing off the homonyms in Japanese of frog (kaeru) and return, or go home (kaeru).

Going out from East Gate where you enter. Walk around the streets in Naramachi.


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