Shinyakushi-ji Temple

A Buddhist temple built by Empress Komyo in prayer for the recovery of illness of Emperor Shomu in 747. During the Nara period, the temple was one of the 10 most important in Nara and over 100 priests studied on its vast grounds. In the Heian period, however, the temple’s size was reduced due to lightning strikes and typhoons. The main temple nave looks as it did when first erected and enshrines a seated figure of Bhaisajyaguru, the temple’s main object of worship, as well as standing figures of the Twelve Divine Generals.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 1352 map map Map
open everyday
[Admission fee] Adults/University students 600yen, High school/Junior high school students350yen, Elementary school students150yen
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

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  • Off the Beaten Path; A Pure Delight
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.09.13
    This temple is approximately 1,300 years old and the main hall dates back that far. The grounds are small in comparison to its days of glory, but theres still much to see here. This neighborhood is...
  • AWESOME in a Sanjusangendo sort of way. The 12 Heavenly Generals were incredibly cool to look at, & over 1200 years old!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2017.10.09
    I went out of my way to go to this place because I HAD to see the 12 muscle-knotted Heavenly Generals inside. Built in the 700s by an empress who wanted to heal her ailing husband...
  • National Treasures and the Start of a Trek to Tenri
    4.0 Reviewed : 2017.07.05
    If youre interested in a trek through the countryside, get yourself a copy of The Northern Extension of the Yamanobe no Michi from Amazon and start at this temple or the nearby Fukuu-in ji...

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