Kitanohai-ji Temple Ruins
Kitanohai-ji Temple is the oldest temple in the Nishimikawa area and was built in the Asuka period.
It is located on the southeast side of the Hekikai area which fans out along the right bank of the Yahagi River.
The temple spans 126 meters north to south and retains the traditional earthen walls that were originally on the site. The Nandaimon, Chumon, pagoda, Kondo Hall, Kodo hall, and priests’ quarters span out in a straight line from south to north in the traditional Shitenno architectural arrangement.
Past excavations have unearthed roof tiles, Sue ware, ash glazed items, and green glazed items, with carved wall relief tiles, and chevron-shaped ornaments similar to those found exclusively at Shoso-in. These are rare specimens seldom found elsewhere in Japan.
Address40-69 Goura, Kitano-cho, Okazaki-shi, Aichi Prefecture