Shoukou-ji Temple (Takaoka, Toyama)


Founded in 1471 and a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property, Shoukou-ji is a member of the Honganji School of the True Pure Land sect of Buddhism. Twelve of its buildings are designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan, including the main hall built in 1795, which was built with the help of the Maedas, ruling family of Kanazawa and the Kaga region in the Edo period.A prime example of the temple fortress design of Japan’s Middle Ages, Shoukou-ji is the 8th-largest of its kind in Japan. The “Major Repair of Heisei,” which has taken 23 years since it began in 1998, will be completed in autumn of 2020. The exhibition will be the first since the temple’s renewal.

Natadera (Komatsu, Ishikawa)


Founded in 717, Natadera enshrines both Shinto and Buddhist deities, in particular, the peak of Mount Haku (Hakusan). In 2017, the temple celebrated its 1300th anniversary. A quasi-head temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect, its ancient teachings emphasize the wisdom of nature. Though devastated by war in Japan’s Middle Ages, the temple was rebuilt under Toshitsune Maeda, the 3rd Edo-era Lord of the Kaga region. The compound includes seven Important Cultural Properties of Japan, including the main hall and two National Places of Scenic Beauty.