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Nakayamadera is the children’s temple par excellence – anything to do with pregnancy, birth, and children is covered in the many sub-temples of this great complex: there are temples especially dedicated to aiding fertility or helping crying babies sleep at night or for passing those important school exams, or for alleviating the suffering of pregnancy loss. For centuries emperors and paupers alike have come here to ask for a safe birth and more than ten thousand women come here every month just to obtain the blessed haraobi belly-bands than ensure an easy and safe birth. Nakayamadera’s history goes back into the mists of antiquity, and it is the only temple on the pilgrimage to have an ancient kofun megalithic tomb within its grounds.
General Information about Nakayamadera
Honzon and other enshrined images
Places of interest within the temple grounds
Founding story and other legends
Goeika sacred hymn
Directions for getting to Nakayamadera