Yakushiji Temple

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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8:30-17:00 (Reception until 16:30)
open everyday
[Normal Visit ticket] Adults 1,100yen, Junior high and high school students 700yen, Elementary school students 300yen
※Visit to Genjo Sanzoin Garan is possible
※Admission feeFriday varies depending on the season. , Junior high and high school students 1,200yen, Elementary school students 300yen
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Vegetarian Menu
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English Menu
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available (Friday Hall, Sutra Dojo available)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (not allowed inside the hall)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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    5.0 Reviewed : 2024.05.05
    The temple was constructed in 747 by Empress Komyo as a place to pray. The main hall is supposed to be the place for reciting Buddhist prayers. In the hall the Healing Buddha with a jar of medicines...
  • Yakushi-ji (and Toshodai-ji Temples)
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.22
    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...
  • An old temple but quite new renovation
    3.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.05
    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...

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