Sado Kokubunji Temple

The ruins of the oldest temple in Sado, which remind us of the magnificence of temple buildings

Sado Kokubunji Temple is one of the provincial temples which were founded in each province on the order of Emperor Shomu. The construction of the temple was completed in 764. Kokubunji Temple was one of the first temples built in Sado, and was a rare example of temples with tiled roofs in the Hokuriku Region. It was burnt down several times after being struck by lightning, as well as catching fire, and then reconstructed. You can see a row of cornerstones from Kondo Main Hall, cloisters, Chumon (middle) Gate, Nandaimon (great south) Gate, a pagoda and Shindo Hall all within the grounds.

  • Shrines and Buddhist Temples
Address
287-1 Kokubunji, Sado, Niigata 952-0304
Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 30 by car
Nearest bus stop
Kokubunji (on Saturdays and Sundays, for a limited time only)(Minamisen (South Line)) Approx. 3 minutes on foot from bus stop
Parking
10