Zutō(courtesy of the tourist association of Nara City)

Zutō

Zutō is a tower made of clay on Takabatake-chō, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, being built in Nara Period (710-794). It is said that Jitsuchū (726-?), who was a monk in Tōdaiji Temple, built it in 767. It has pyramid-shaped structure with stairs and stone Buddhist images on each side (13 stone Buddhist images still exist). The origin of the name came from a legend that the skull of Genbō(?-746), who was a monk in Nara Period, was buried in it. It was designated as a historic site in 1922. What else has something to do with Genbō is Kainazuka in Nakatsuji-chō, Mamezuka of Sōtokuji Temple in Mameyama-chō and Dōzuka in Oshiage-chō.