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National Treasure

Edo Period


The name Nigatsu-dō, or Second Month Hall is derived from the fact that the Shuni-e Ceremony is held here during the second month of the lunar calendar. The structure is said to have been first erected by the monk Jitchū (fl. 760-820), Rōben’s chief disciple. In 1667, however, a fire broke out inside the hall in the midst of the ceremony, and the original was destroyed. The present building is a reconstruction of 1669.

The acoustics of the hall are said to be particularly fine and with an inner sanctum, outer sanctum and worship hall it is particularly well suited for the rituals held there.