Natadera Temple

Natadera Temple, Komatsu

Natadera Temple
4.5
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM

4.5
218 reviews
Excellent
112
Very good
88
Average
15
Poor
2
Terrible
1

rednaxela4
Somerville, MA8 contributions
Natadera is absolutely gorgeous, a hidden gem in Ishikawa that's surprisingly easy to access, even for a foreigner. A scheduled stop on the Kaga Onsen/City tourist bus circuit (catch it easily from the Kaga JR train station), be sure to spend an hour or two wandering the grounds. Its three claims to fame (besides being a beautiful park) are being both a Shinto and a Buddhist temple, as well as being a place where the famous classical poet Matsuo Basho is known to have stopped. In fact, Basho carved a haiku (with his own hand, I'm told) on a stone that is prominently displayed along one of the walks. There are little temples and shrines all over the valley and throughout the park, but there is a large temple complete with a grand (and enormous) Buddha near the entrance--and not only that, there are fascinating caves hollowed in the hill above a swan-inhabited lake, and when it's not snowy or very wet, visitors can actually climb up the hills to visit and pay respects to the kami-sama who inhabit the hollows.

Allow two hours to walk around the park; it is possible to spend anywhere from 45 minutes to half a day, depending on your interests and schedule. After your visit, visit one of the restaurants near the parking lot, where eager matrons will encourage you to eat or buy or both. Afterward, ride the shuttle bus to one of the museums in Kaga, or even better, relax at one of the onsen (hot spring / spa) in town.
Written February 19, 2010
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furikake
Honolulu, HI98 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
I feel lucky to have seen this place in my lifetime. As you can see by most pictures, the autumn leaves in November are breathtaking. On a whim I purchased some dried candied apple slices from the vendor right outside the temple and it was so good! I have to admit that I'm dreaming of it now wishing had bought more than one bag.
Written March 27, 2017
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kobekeith
Kyoto, Japan7,564 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
This place is worth a side-trip if you are in the area. It's very unique compared with many other temples. I live in Kyoto and often go to temples and don't get "templed-out" so I have seen my fair share over the past 17 years or so.

It was definitely great to spend a lot of time in a big complex without many people around. Very peaceful & relaxing. The above reviews cover the other details.
Written April 4, 2016
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Rory R
Tokyo, Japan673 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
We rented a small car for about Y6000 and headed to Natadera at the beginning of November, and it fortunately turned out to be the perfect time to see the fall colours. Although it was raining, in some ways it made it more beautiful, and probably helped to keep people away, so we almost had it all to ourselves. The design and colours were off the charts. I have lived in Japan for over 25 years, and this is certainly one of the most unique and beautiful temples I have ever visited.
You can climb to the top of the rock on one side, or the lookout on the other, and both offer incredible views.(Please have a look at my pictures.)
Within easy access from Kanazawa, and very highly recommended - especially in late October/early November (although I would imagine that dusted in snow it would also be very beautiful).
Written December 30, 2015
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MrPhil-jp
Japan4 contributions
This beautiful place is well worth a visit. It's a large unkempt natural site with many temple buildings and things to discover in the undergrowth. I spent about 2.5 hours exploring and relaxing there.

Standard entrance 600yen, 800yen includes access to an extra tranquil garden.
I took the train from Kanazawa to Awazu (40mins, 570yen). From Awazu there is an infrequent Nata-Dera bus (15mins, 320yen)
Written August 30, 2009
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JeanSiuMai10221130
Hong Kong, China288 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We were driving from Kanazawa to Kaga and decided to take the opportunity to visit some of the more remote shrines.
We had no expectation, yet it turned to be a real surprise!

Although it didn’t have the scale of a lot of the shrines in Japan, it did give us the tranquility and peacefulness. Big moss bed under all the big trees, main shrine hidden in a cave, and observatory deck to view all the different coloured autumn leaves that made this little shrine a real hidden gem.

Highly recommended!
Written October 29, 2018
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SangHo P
Brookhaven, GA84 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Must visit
Very nice natural environment and historic buildings

Took about two hours to look around and it was amazing.
Written May 24, 2016
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Cheong O
Singapore, Singapore169 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
At the entrance, there seems to be no different of a usual temple visit. But once inside, the view was fascinating. Pictures say a thousand word but to appreciate the beauty, drop by for a visit to see by your own eyes
Written November 5, 2015
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Jan H
Prague, Czech Republic75 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This temple complex was simply fantastic, sights are spread out over very beautiful and tranquil grounds. We visited on friday and there were hardly any visitors, which made out visit even more special, even though september is not the optimal for visit, as there are lots of maple trees (in autumn this temple will be simply gorgeous) and even some sakuras in the back near the pond.
Make sure to buy tickets to adjacent garden, it is small, but lovely. You have to enter it through the main temple near the entrance.
Highly recommended visit if you are in the area (easily doable as day trip from Kanazawa)
Written October 11, 2015
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Tim S
Auckland, New Zealand32 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Blown away by how good this temple was. The buildings are not the star but the grounds are. Set among forest, cliffs, caves and ponds. We spent 2.5 hours there and didn't once think about tired feet. Among our group we each agreed this was much nicer and fulfilling than the more popular Eihiji. I'd give it 6 stars if I think back to some of the 5 stars I've given. One of the very best.
Written July 12, 2015
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