Temple 9: Nan’endō

南円堂

To explore Nan’endō, click on the links at the bottom of this page

About Nan’endō:
Nan’endō is an octagonal sub-temple located within the grounds of Kōfukuji, one of the most influential temples in the history of Japanese Buddhism. Although small, it has been the focal point of the temple’s esoteric rituals for over a thousand years and is closely associated with the mountain practices of Shugendō. The temple complex is located in the center of Nara, the city established as the nation’s capital in the seventh century. However, it doesn’t feel like you’re in a city here because of the vast deer park with many tame deer that have been considered as divine messengers of the gods since ancient times.
Courtesy of Colin Potts

General Information about Nan’endō
Honzon and other enshrined images
Places of interest within the temple grounds
History of the temple
Founding story and other legends
Goeika sacred hymn
Directions for getting to Nan’endō