Hokkedo (Sangatsudo)

Hokkedo (Sangatsudo)

東大寺 法華堂 (三月堂)

Hokkedo (Sangatsudo)

東大寺 法華堂 (三月堂)

This hall is the oldest structure at Todaiji, believed to have been built between AD740 - AD747. Its name is taken from the Lotus Sutra that is recited in the hall in the third month of the year. The statues here are stunning examples of Nara period carving. The main, multi-armed figure known as the Fukukensaku Kannon is surrounded by ten figures, including fierce warrior kings. There is also a “secret” figure, Shukongō-jin, which can only be seen on December 16th each year. While the main hall of Todaiji gets crowded at peak times, few people realise the Hokkedo is here, and you can take your time to enjoy the magnificent carvings in peace.

Venue Details & Access Info
Address

406-1 Zoshicho, Nara

奈良市雑司町406-1

Access

From Kintetsu Nara Station:
20 minutes on foot from the station.

Related VenuesTodaiji Temple
Nigatsudo

Name/address in local language

  • 東大寺 法華堂 (三月堂) Hokkedo (Sangatsudo)
  • address 奈良市雑司町406-1 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara
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Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

Nov - Feb: 8:00 - 16:30
Mar: 8:00 - 17:00
Apr - Sep: 7:30 - 17:30
Oct: 7:30 - 17:00

Closed on

Open all year round

Admission

Adults: ¥500
Teenagers: ¥500
Children: ¥300

*Group discount available

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)

Contact Details
Tel

0742-22-5511

Fax

0742-22-0808

Website

http://www.todaiji.or.jp/english/map04.html

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