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Nakayama-dera Temple
This ancient temple, said to have been built by Prince Shotoku, was burned down in a battle but reconstructed by order of Toyotomi Hideyori. It is the 24th of 33 stops in the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.
A statue of the 11-Headed Kannon (also known as the Goddess of Mercy), carved from a Japanese torreya tree, is a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property and depicts the temple's main object of worship. It is famous as a deity of safe childbirth, rescuing women from hardship.
Every August 9th the temple holds the Hoshikudari ("starfall") Festival; visiting on this night is said to bring the same benefits as visiting the temple for 46,000 days.

Address 2-11-1 Nakayamadera, Takarazuka 665-8588
Contact Nakayama-dera Temple 0797-87-0024
hours open 9:00-17:00
Parking Lot
No (multiple private paid lots available nearby)
traffic 1 min. on foot from Nakayama-kannon Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line
10 min. on foot from Nakayamadera Station on the JR Takarazuka Line
Web site http://www.nakayamadera.or.jp/

Barrier-free toilets (2 wheelchair-accessible stalls), services for those in wheelchairs (elevators), escalator along the stone steps to the main building, mother's room, baby seats