Kaizando hall of Todaiji temple

Speaking of Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha and Nandaimon Gate are famous.
However there are not many Japanese people who know Kaizando Hall.
[ Tourist spot in Nara to introduce today ]
The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Kaizando hall of Todaiji temple in Nara.
Kaizan is a priest who founded a temple or founding a temple.
The image of the priest who founded the temple is enshrined in the Kaizando hall.
Todaiji was founded about 1,300 years ago.
And Todaiji was founded by Roben Sojo.
(Sojo is the highest class of priest in Buddhism.)
So in the Kaizando hall of Todaiji temple, the image of Roben Sojo, who founded Todaiji temple, is enshrined.
[ About Kaizando hall of Todaiji temple ]
Kaizando hall of Todaiji Temple is a few minutes walking from Daibutsu-den (The Great Buddha Hall) to the east side.
However, it may take some time depending on the person because you have to go up the slope.
On the east side of Kaizando hall, there are Nigatsudo hall and Sangatsudo hall.
Kaizando hall is small compared with Nigatsudo hall and Sangatsudo hall.
The hall far side of this picture is Kaizando hall.

Kaizando hall of Todaiji temple

It seems that original Kaizando hall was built about 1000 years ago.
The current building was completely rebuilt in 1200 by Chogen priest.
After that, it was transferred to the present location in 1250 and the gejin was expanded.
( The inside of the hall is able to divide to naijin and gejin.
The naijin is a place enshrined the Buddha image, the gejin is a place where people worship. )
And the structure is square and the roof is hogyo-zukuri.
Hogyo-zukuri is a pyramid roof.
Pyramid roof have 4 triangles.
In the hall there is the image of Roben Sojo who was the founder of Todaiji temple.
For this reason it is also called Robendo hall.
Usually you can not enter inside there.

Entrance of Kaizando hall

In the garden there is a camellia called "Nori-koboshi".
This camellia is named "Norikoboshi" because there is a white pattern like a glue spilled on a pink petal.
This "Nori-koboshi" is known as one of the three most famous camellias in Nara along with "Goshiki-tsubaki" of Byakugoji temple and "Chiri-tsubaki" of Denkoji temple.
The garden is not open to the public, but in the spring you can see the flowers of the camellia over the wall from the stone steps of the next Shigatsudo hall.

Wall of Kaizando

If you want to see only the camellia flowers, the camellia flowers will be presented to the Shigatsudo hall, so you will be able to see it.
[ About Roben Sojo who founded the Todaiji temple ]
The following story is told about Roben Sojo.
Roben Sojo was born in the country of Omi.
The country of Omi is the current Shiga prefecture and is almost adjacent to Nara prefecture.
There is also a legend that he was born in the country of Sagami.
The country of Sagami is almost the present Kanagawa prefecture.
Kanagawa Prefecture is about 300 kilometers away from Nara Prefecture in a straight line distance.
When Robo Sojo was an infant, when his mother was doing agricultural work, he was carried off by a big eagle.
The eagle carried the infant up to the tree in front of the Nigatsudo hall in Nara.
The infant was helped by Gien Sojo.
And he was brought up by Gien Sojo.
After several decades thereafter, Roben Sojo was able to meet his mother who was looking for her child.
[ The tree called Roben-sugi ]
There is a cedar tree called Roben-sugi in front of Nigatsudo hall now, but this is said to be the 4th generation.

Cedar tree called Roben-sugi

The first cedar was about 600 years old and about 21 meters high, but in 1961 it was blown down by the typhoon .
600 years ago it was 700 years since Roben Sojo lived, so the first cedar is not a tree related to him.
It seems there was another tree before cedar tree.
It seems that cedar trees were planted because the tree fell down 600 years ago.
However, it is unknown whether the tree also is a tree related to Ryoji Benbu.
[ The Buddhist memorial services of Roben Sojo ]
On December 16 every year the Buddhist memorial services of Roben Sojo will be held.
And just the day we can enter the Kaizando hall, and you can see the image of Roben Sojo.

[ Opening times and location of Kaizando hall ]
Admission fee: charged
Open day: December 16
Opening hours: With time limit

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of Kaizando hall ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
N34.68901 E135.8434


(July 4, 2018)

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