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Tanzan Jinja (談山神社)

This Shinto shrine’s origin dates back to when statesman Fujiwara no Kamatari’s son, Fujiwara no Joe, had his father’s ashes moved here and built a 13-tier pagoda in 678. Prior to the official separation of Buddhism and Shintoism in the country, the shrine was a Buddhist temple called the Tonomine Temple. The pagoda, rebuilt in 1532 and a designated Important Cultural Property, is the only extant 13-tier pagoda in the world. Beyond the shrine stands a mountain said to be the location where Emperor Tenjin and Fujiwara no Kamatari discussed the Taika Reform. The mountain thus came to be called “Tanzan,” or the Mountain of Discussion, hence the shrine’s name. In the spring, a 600-year old usuzumi cherry tree and designated Natural Monument comes in to bloom, and the shrine is thus known as a beautiful site for cherry blossom viewing. In addition, in autumn, visitors can enjoy the shrine’s fall foliage when it is colored by over 3,000 maple trees.


Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Tounomine 319 (Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea)

phone 0744490001

8:30-16:30(Last entry)

Review of Tanzan Shrine

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/06/20 A rare pagoda
I cannot understand why the Tanzan Jinja and pagoda
are not covered by the Nara coach tours. We first saw
the 13 storey pagoda mentioned in a JR magazine, but
the Nara tourist office had no...
Reviewed:2017/12/07 Amazing Autumn Experience
We were lucky that our friend picked us up and drove us here, deep into the mountains of Sakurai city. Even though he lives in this area he had never visited before so it was a first time experience...
Reviewed:2017/10/18 Interesting temple with pagoda
Sadly we were too early for the autumn leaves but also pleased to have missed the crowds this brings. A pleasant visit with some English information.

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Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Tounomine 319 [map]
Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea
8:30-16:30(Last entry)
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship]
[Adult] 600yen
[Children] 300yen
[less than Elementary School Students] Free
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

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.