A fusion of ancient animism and Buddhism. Nata-tera Temple is one that values harmony with nature.

You can get to Nata-tera Temple in 15 minutes by taxi from JR Kagaonsen Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, or 25 minutes by taking a bus called “CANBUS.” In 2017 the temple will celebrate its 1300 year anniversary and has a very long history.


Mt. Haku rises beside Nata-tera Temple. Originally it has long been worshiped as a sacred mountain where a graceful goddess lives because of its beautiful shape. A monk called Taichō is said to be the first to have climbed Mt.Haku. He realized that the God of Mt. Haku was the same as the Eleven-faced Kannon nad he opened the Mountain in 717.
Although it is a Buddhist Temple, it has been survived in harmony with ancient natural wisdom. The Nata-tera Temple is very unique in that sense.



Let’s enjoy the changes of the four seasons in Japan! Rocks of unusual shape in the beautiful garden are always worth the visit.

It has been said that these rocks of unusual shape are the scars of the ancient underwater eruption. People in the ancient times had dreamed to live in such beautiful scenery like a landscape painting in their next life. This beautiful scenery that has been maintained as the people’s utopia over 1200 years even appeals and moves us who live today.



Let’s get purified and reborn by walking around the main temple! “Tainai Kuguri” (a narrow sanctified cavern) is something you should experience.

Different from us who live today, people in the Jomon period (12,000 BC- 300 BC) had maintained their lives mainly by hunting. Thus, in their religious view, they had hoped to cleanse their sins and impurities of killing lives by walking through the cave which represents a mother’s womb and being newly reborn from the womb (cave) with a pure mind like Mt.Haku.


The main hall is located in the cave, so you can experience “Tainai Kuguri” just by walking around inside the hall. You may be able to ease your daily stress or worries by doing that. It’s worth experience if you come to Nata-tera Temple.


600 yen for Adults, 300 yen for elementary school children, Free for infants, 300 yen for disabled persons presenting a disabled person notebook.(+200 yen for visiting a study room/ garden.)




122 Yu-Nata-machi, Komatsu-city, Ishikawa Pref.

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Address 122 Yu-Nata-machi, Komatsu-city, Ishikawa Pref.
Access 15 minutes by taxi from JR Kagaonsen Station or 25 minutes by “CANBUS” 20 minutes by taxi from JR Komatsu Station