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Kakuozan (21st day Market) (Nittaiji-Temple)

By Mitchell McMillan. Posted on February 26, 2015

The Kakuozan market is held on the 21st day of every month. The booths are set up from Kakuozan Station all the way to Nittaiji Temple and the surrounding area.

150219_kakuozan_01.jpg150219_kakuozan_02.jpg150219_kakuozan_03.jpgThere are many vendors with common daily goods, candles, Japanese pickles, clothing, kitchen knives, fresh seafood, dried fruit, vegetables, healthy alternatives, flowers and much more.

150219_kakuozan_04.jpg150219_kakuozan_05.jpgWith a wide variety of booths and a bonaza of goods, you are sure to find something interesting every time.

150219_kakuozan_06.jpg150219_kakuozan_07.jpgNot to mention all the great foods that can be found at a local festival.

150219_kakuozan_08.jpg150219_kakuozan_09.jpgAlso, while you are there, pay a visit to Nittaiji Temple, the only temple in Japan that does not belong to any specific Buddhist sect but represents all of them. It was built in 1904 as a symbol of friendship between Japan and Thailand. You will find in the tower, completed in 1918, the Buddha’s holy remains enshrined as a gift to the people of Japan from the royal family of Thailand and designated as a Prefectural Cultural Property. There are also the present Dharma hall completed in 1984, a statue of King Chulalongkon finished in 1987, and a 30-meter-tall five-story pagoda erected in 1997.

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Mitchell McMillan

Mitchell has continuosly lived in Japan since 2000. First as a student at Chukyo U. and then by gaining experience in teaching at the Nagoya and Kurashiki BOE's. With a degree in Hospitality Management he has a strong passion for tourism and believes in OMOTENASHI. He now thrives at the Nagoya College of Foreign Languages in Imaike. Always welcoming guests to Central Japan!



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