From Tuesday, November 1, 2022, groups (8 or more people) visiting the temple will be required to obtain prior permission, and admission fee of 200 yen per person will be required.
Please note that no group will be admitted without an admission permit issued by Nanzoin.
※No admission fee is charged to children under junior high school age, and families coming together. In all cases, however, prior permission is required.
※Groups with foreign nationals must be accompanied by a Japanese-speaking person (interpreter).
From August 1, 2021, the gates will be closed outside of viewing hours.
The viewing hours for the Nirvana statue side from the Seven Gods of Good Fortune tunnel, including the statue of Buddha's nirvana, the 60th temple, Daikokuten Hall, and Inari Shrine, are from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The main hall and the 45th temple can still be visited 24 hours a day.
Nanzoin is the general head temple and the first amulet-issuing office of Sasaguri Buddhist pilgrimate Route. It is belonging to the Shingon Seet of Mt.Koya. Sasaguri Shikoku was established during the Tenpo era(1830-1844) of the Edo period.But,in 1886, Fukuoka prefectural office ordered them to break the sacred place under the influence of the anti-Buddhism policy. But local people had petitioned the Government for its continued existence for about 10 years. As a result, the Government permitted them to retain it on condition of moving Nanzoin here from Mt.Koyasan. Hayashi Kakuun, the 21th chief priest,who came to Sasaguri when Nanzoin was moved, had been engaged in missionary work eagerly in various places of Kyusyu. Thanks to such people's effort and passion, now Sasaguri Shikoku became one of the three major Shin-Shikoku sacred place. We welcome a large number of pilgrims a year and pray constantly for everybody.
A complete view of the reclining Buddha.
It is one of the largest bronze pieces in the world.
Total length 41 meters
Height 11 meters
Weight about 300 tons
We Nanzoin have sent medical supplies, stationerys to the children of Myanmar and Nepal for many years. In 1988, the Buddhist congress of Myanmar presented us with sacred ashes of Gautama Buddha, Ananda and Maudgalyayana as a return for our presents. We believe that these presents are thanks to the eminent virtues of many people. Therefore, we planned out to build the statue to worship these sacred ashes. We wish this would be a reliable statue for everybody.
All people visiting Nanzo-in Temple are requested to carefully read the Cautions first.
Nanzo-in Temple is not a sightseeing spot. It is a precious place of prayer.
Be quiet and show respect as you walk through its precincts.
We request your understanding and cooperation.