Slow Walk Illustrated Guide


Zentsu-ji Tanjo-in Birthplace Complex (West Temple)

Unearthed tiles



These are unearthed tiles. These tiles were unearthed from within the temple grounds, and they were used to decorate the eaves of the former temple that stood on this land pre-dating the construction of Zentsu-ji in 807. The previous temple was referred to either as "Nakamurahai-ji" or "Dendo-ji," and after being established during the Hakuho period, it was maintained until the first half of the Nara period. As the form of these tiles is similar to those used for Kawahara-dera and Fujiwara-kyu in Nara, it is presumed that a large-scale, publicly administered tile kiln was located in this region, and that the tiles made there were also diverted for use at influential temples throughout this locale.

Designated Section




Zentsu-ji Treasure Hall, 3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho, Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture