Futaiji Temple
(courtesy of the tourist association of Nara City)


Futaiji Temple
(courtesy of the tourist association of Nara City)

Futaiji Temple

The temple of a Buddhist sect called Shingonrisshū in Hōren-chō of Nara City. Formally, it is called Futaitenpōrinji Temple. The temple was founded in the early times of the Heian Period. According to the temple’s history, it used to be the dwelling place of Emperor Heizei (774 – 824 ) who abdicated in 809 and was relocated from Heian-kyō Capital (present day Kyōto City of Kyōto Prefecture), a new one, to the site of Heijo-kyō Capital (present day Nara City of Nara Prefecture), the former one. In 847, Ariwara-no-Narihira (825 – 880), his grandson, converted this place into a temple by the order from Emperor Ninmyō (810 – 850 ). For this reason, this temple is also called Narihira Temple, having goods related to Narihira, such as a picture of Narihira and a copy of “Ise-monogatari Story,” a novel whose hero was modeled after Narihira.