Taima-dera - the Inner Temple is called Okunoin and contains a Pure Land or Jyodo Garden rare in Japan. It is the largest garden representing the paradise shown in Taima Mandala with peonies and other flowers blooming throughout the year. Kobo Daishi was a visitor at this peony garden and deemed it Pure Land of this World. At Sainanin Temple which originated as a guardian temple of the back gate. Three Gods of Mercy kannon are worshipped in the main hall here. In the Sainanin garden built during the Edo period, sound of suikinkutsu adds to the special atmosphere of the garden. Nakanobo Temple is the oldest temple at Taimadera and contains the largest Buddha in the Taimadera complex. It abounds in cultural properties such as Koguen Garden - a favorite of Emperor Gosai encompases a tea ceremony house with a round window.
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