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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.)


Nara Pref. Narashi Nishinokyouchou 457 (NaraArea)

phone 0742336001

8:30-17:00 (until Reception 16:30)

Review of Yakushi-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2019/12/22 Yakushi-ji (and Toshodai-ji Temples)
If you havent visited Kyotos temple districts or want to see temples without the crowds in and around Kyoto, or youd like to see more temples, and youre in Nara overnight, Yakushi-ji and...
Reviewed:2019/11/05 An old temple but quite new renovation
It’s just next to Toshodaiji temple, I think 5 minute walk. If you decide to go Toshodaiji temple, you can also consider to visit this temple too. This temple is not small, quite big instead. The...
Reviewed:2019/10/30 Expensive
Made our way all the way there so we felt like we had to visit. It was expensive and we didnt stay long. The nearby Toshodaiji Temple is a much better visit.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Nishinokyouchou 457 [map]
8:30-17:00 (until Reception 16:30)
open everyday
[Until 2022/1/16] [Normal Visit Ticket] Adults 1,100yen, Junior and Senior High School Students 700yen, Elementary school students 300yen * Genjo Sanzoin Garai Visit Available [Special Common Discount Ticket] Adults 1,600yen, Junior and Senior High School Students 1,200yen, Elementary school students300yen * In addition to the regular visit, the cafeteria/west priest visit is possible
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Vegetarian Menu
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English Menu
Not available
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (Some places cannot be entered with a wheelchair * Toindo)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (not inside the hall)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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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.