Tōgan-ji

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Tōgan-ji belfry gate (2013)
The Great Buddha of Nagoya (Nagoya Daibutsu) (2013)

Tōgan-ji (桃巌寺?) is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō Zen sect located in Nagoya, central Japan.

History[edit]

Originally built in 1532 by Oda Nobuyuki in memory of his father, Oda Nobuhide, it was moved to its current location in 1714. The temple grounds have a turtle pond and a grove of giant bamboo. A 10-meter tall Buddha statue known as "The Great Buddha of Nagoya" was erected in 1987.[1][2][3]

The temple has many links to India as one of the high priests completed his studies there. The grounds contain a lingam and a shrine dedicated to Saraswati, who is honored in a festival to Benzaiten every May 7–8. Tōgan-ji also contains a huge wood block said to purge past sins if touched with one hand.

The closest subway is Motoyama Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line and Nagoya University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toganji". Nagoya Convention and Visitors Bureau. 
  2. ^ "Togan-ji". Kikuko's web site Nagoya. 
  3. ^ "Nagoya Calendar Mail Magazine". Nagoya International Center. December 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Tōgan-ji at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 35°09′41″N 136°57′54″E / 35.1613°N 136.965°E / 35.1613; 136.965