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Nigatsudo

Nigatsudo

東大寺 二月堂

Nigatsudo

東大寺 二月堂

To the west of Todaiji Temple, Nigatsudo is a smaller temple also part of Todaiji, but an important complex in its own right. At sunset, it offers one of the most beautiful scenes in all of Nara. You can approach from a path in front of Todaiji, which leads up cobbled steps flanked by ancient stone walls, or from the back of Todaiji, where the path leads to a covered wooden staircase. Either way, as you reach the top, the magnificent wooden structure of the main hall looms above you. As the sun sets and the lanterns are lit, the views over Nara are unbeatable.

The Nigatsudo is best known for Omizutori, a fire and water ceremony on March 12 every year, where huge flaming torches are held out from the temple balcony. The next day, sacred water is drawn from a well under the temple, which is said to have healing properties. The ceremony has been held here without a break since the temple’s founding in 752.

Paths at the front of the shrine lead to the start of the Mt Wakakusa hiking trail and across to Kasugataisha Shrine, with many small restaurants and tea houses along the way.

Venue Details & Access Info
Address

406-1 Zoshicho, Nara

奈良市雑司町406-1

Access

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

Related VenuesHokkedo (Sangatsudo)
Todaiji Temple
Related EventsShunie Ceremony

Name/address in local language

  • 東大寺 二月堂 Nigatsudo
  • address 奈良市雑司町406-1 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

Open all hours

Closed on

Open all year round

Admission

Free

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/map05.html

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