According to an old record, Jianzhen (688-763) also known as Ganjin, was a Chinese monk who helped to propagate Buddhism in Japan, and founded the Risshu school at Tōshōdai-ji, stayed for a short time at Fukū-in. Kūkai (774-835) a Japanese monk, civil servant, scholar, poet, artist and founder of the Shingon-shu school of Buddhism also stayed at Fukū-in during the early Heian period.
Later in the Kamakura period, four learned monks including Eison (1202-1290) integrated the teachings of Shingon-shu and Risshu to form the Shingon Risshu school at Saidai-ji, educating many young monks to ordain as priests.
Fukū-in is known as a temple related to en-kiri and en-musubi, the separation and matchmaking of relationships.
|Takabatake-cho 1365, Nara City 630-8301
|25 minute walk from both Kintetsu Nara station and JR Nara station
|Tel: +81-742-26-2910, Web form: http://www.fuku-in.com/mail.htm#3
|Fukū-in Offical Websitehttp://www.fuku-in.com/info.htm
|Open to public only during the special exhibition period in spring and autumn.
Reservation is required besides the period above.
|Special Exhibitions & Openings
|Spring special exhibition: from late April to early May
Autumn special exhibition: from late October to early November
Reservation by e-mail is required besides the period above.
Uga-benzaiten statue is open to public only for the special exhibition period.
|Hours of Operation
|9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (The admission desk will be open until 4:30 p.m.)
|Hatsudaishi: January 21st
Setsubun-e: February 3rd
Mieku: April 21st
Urabon Segaki: August 21st
Bustumyoe Gomahouyou: November 21st