Course 3Towards the Ruins of Kiikokubunji Temple


Iwade City Area, Historical Spots, Recommended Spots

The site of the tower of Nishi-kokubu-ji temple

From the excavational investigation of the ruins of the pagoda, it is thought to be an ancient temple built in the mid-7th century. The temple buildings are arranged in a Horyu-ji-style way and the area is called the Nishikokubu Haiji-ato. When the Kii-kokubunji temple was built with Koufukuji-styled roof tiles in the 8th century, the Nishikokubu abandoned temple had also used the same roof tiles to redevelop the pagoda. It is thought to be a powerful temple with a strong relationship with Emperor Shomu’s Buddhist policy.

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