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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin Temple Shodendo Hall

Stunning Early Modern Decorative Architecture Revived in Modern Times.

(Shinto) shrines and (Buddhist) temples

Rebuilt in 1779, the main hall of Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin Temple is a full-fledged decorative building reminiscent of Nikko Toshogu Shrine. It is also called "Saitama Nikko" because of its elaborate design.

The highlight is the vivid colors of the hall, which has been revived in the modern age. The temple underwent major repairs over a period of about seven years starting in 2003, and the damage caused by the passage of 250 years and the loss of colors were beautifully restored to their original state. The building was designated as a National Treasure in 2012 for its high level of carving techniques, the fact that it is the highest level of early modern decorative architecture, and the fact that it was built with funds from the common people.

Numema Shodenzan is also known as one of the three most sacred temples in Japan, and has great spiritual power for marriage. The shrine is said to have the power to bring good luck to couples, as well as to bring good luck to families, business prosperity, good luck to ward off bad luck, traffic safety, and academic advancement. You can also enjoy the spring and autumn festivals and the Setsubun Festival.

Highlights

  • Authentic decorative architecture reminiscent of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
  • The vivid colors of the holy temple, which has been restored after seven years of work.
  • Numema Shodenzan is known as one of the three most sacred temples in Japan, and is believed to have the power to bring luck and marriage together.
  • You can also enjoy the spring and autumn festivals and the Setsubun Festival throughout the year.

Photos

  • Menuma Shodenzan designated as a national treasure

    Menuma Shodenzan designated as a national treasure

  • The vivid colors of Shodendo Hall revived in modern times

    The vivid colors of Shodendo Hall revived in modern times

  • Reitai-sai (annual festival held once a year at a shrine)

    Reitai-sai (annual festival held once a year at a shrine)

  • Reitai-sai (annual festival held once a year at a shrine)

    Reitai-sai (annual festival held once a year at a shrine)

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Details

Name in Japanese
妻沼聖天山 歓喜院 聖天堂
Postal Code
360-0201
Address
1511 Menuma, Kumagaya City, Saitama
Telephone
048-588-1644 (office of a temple)
Admission fee
700 yen
Closed
No holidays
Opening hours
9:30am-4:00pm
Access
30 minutes by bus from Kumagaya Station (Chichibu Railway, JR Takasaki Line), 1 minute walk from the bus stop
Official Website
Official Website (English・Chinese・Korean)