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Saidai-ji Temple (西大寺)

A Buddhist temple located in Saidaijishiba Town, Nara City, Nara Prefecture. The head temple of Shingon Risshu Buddhism, the temple’s history stretches back to the time when Empress Shotoku commissioned of statures of the Four Heavenly Kings in 765. The temple’s principal object of worship, a standing stature of Shaka Nyorai (Shakyamuni) housed in the main temple building, as well as a seated stature of Ragaraja (esoteric school deity of love) in the Aizen-do hall (not provided for public viewing) and an 11-faced standing stature of Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy) in the Shio-do hall are all designated Important Cultural Properties. The temple also possesses various other treasures, including rare Buddhist images, esoteric ritual implements, and sculptures from the Heian and Kamakura periods, a portion of which are displayed in the temple’s Shuho-kan hall.


Nara Pref. Narashi Saidaijishibamachi 1-1-5 (NaraArea)

phone 0742454700

[Main hall]8:30-16:30

Review of Saidaiji Temple

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Reviewed:2017/05/12 Completed my visit:Todaji and Saidaiji
Saidaji is less known probably due to its size and it is a few stations away from Nara Kintetsu station. It is located less than 4 min walk from Kintetsu Yamato Saidaji Station.

Visited this temple...
Reviewed:2016/06/02 Not Popular but
Kintestu Yamato Saidaiji station is named after Saidaiji(means West Big Temple) but this Saidaiji is not popular compared to east one i.e Todaiji.
It is so close to the station, you can drop in when...
Reviewed:2016/04/23 西大寺 [奈良] Saidaiji (Nara)
Located in the west of Nara, the “Great Western Temple” mirrors Tōdaiji in the East, though it is the less impressive little brother of the two. Founded in 765, Saidaiji was one of the “7 Great...

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Nara Pref. Narashi Saidaijishibamachi 1-1-5 [map]
[Main hall]8:30-16:30
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship]
[Adults/College Students] 400yen
[Junior/High School Students] 350yen
[Elementary School Students] 200yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Nara Areas


          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.