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Yakushiji Temple薬師寺


Together with the Kohfukuji Temple, the Yakushiji Temple is the headquarters of the Hosso school of Buddhism. The temple was built in 680 in the then-capital of Fujiwara-kyo by Emperor Tenmu to pray for the recovery of his ill consort, who later succeeded him as Empress Jito. The temple was moved to its current location in 718. Originally, the temple was comprised of a magnificent number of structures connected via galleries, but, excluding the East Pagoda, these were destroyed by fire and war. The colorful main hall, West Pagoda, central gate, galleries, and the largest grand hall inside the grounds have been rebuilt. The East Pagoda, a National Treasure and the temple’s only original structure remaining from when it was first erected, appears at first glance to be a six-tier pagoda but is in fact a three tier-one. (Note: The East Pagoda is scheduled to undergo restoration until June 2020.)

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place Nara Pref. Narashi Nishinokyouchou 457
phone 0742336001

Review of Yakushi-ji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/11/30 Takushi -ji its. worth the detour
The temple site is a bit of a ride from the train station in Nara but well worth the time and effort. We visited in June 2018 and although some of it was covered for restoration the overall...
Reviewed:2018/11/26 Interesting and nice temple
A bit outside and so less busy than the Nara highlights. We arrived by car and could park for a fee. The temple has two pagoda's, but one of them was completely wrapped uip for restoration. Since the...
Reviewed:2018/11/25 off the beaten track so less people but also less interesting
After a long 35 minute bus ride from the train station that wasn't picturesque, we arrived at the ticket office. Unfortunately the East Pagaoda which recalls the grandeur of the original features was...



Nara Pref. Narashi Nishinokyouchou 457 [map]



8:-17:00 (up to Reception 16:30)
[Admission fee to worship]
[When Genkai Sanzoin Gallery is not open to the public] Adults 800 Yen, Junior High and High School Students 200 Yen, Elementary School Students 200 Yen
[Genkanzan Gakuin Branch Disclosure] Adults 1,100 Garden, Junior High School 700 Yen, Elementary School Students 300 Yen (target period 1/1-1/15, 3/1-6/30, 8/13-8/15, 9/16-11/30)
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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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