A Shingon sect temple “Myotsuji Temple” in Obama city was founded in 806 by Sakanoue Tamuramaro, who was then the military ruler, in order to comfort the spirits of the dead died in the subjugation of the Emishi. Unfortunately, the temple caught fire three times within 400 years since the foundation, so the original structures and everything were burned down. The current main hall was rebuilt in 1258, and then the three-storied pagoda was rebuilt in 1270. As of 2018, only these two are designated as national treasures in Fukui Prefecture. The main hall is a building that is regarded as a symbol of the maturity of samurai society as the usage and construction methods of the building materials are dynamic such as having a steep slope of the roof and a wide range between pillars. The three-storied pagoda with a total height of 22.12 meters uses advanced construction technology, and it is a building representative of Kamakura architectures in Japan. Also, the four Buddha statues including a wooden seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai are designated as important cultural properties.
In addition, Torreya nucifera having about 13 meters high and 3 meters in trunk circumference located beside the high stone wall when you climb the stone stairs of the kuri (the administrative office of a Zen monastery), is believed to be over 500 years old and is designated as a natural treasure of the city. In Obama, where used to be the hub of the Japan Sea side when trading with the continents, especially the Korean Peninsula, there are many old temples and ancient Buddhas other than Myotsuji Temple. Thus, the city is called “Nara by the sea.”
5-21 Monzen, Obama-shi, Fukui prefecture
Car access is recommended.
9:00 – 17:00
Adult 500 yen
Child 250 yen