Okadera Temple

Temple
A Shingon Buzan Buddhist temple located in Asuka Village, Takaichi County, Nara Prefecture and the seventh station on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. The temple is said to have been founded by the high priest Gien on the site of a hill palace he had received where Prince Kusakabe, son of Emperor Tenmu, once lived. The temple’s official name is the Ryugai-ji Temple. Long worshiped as sacred ground providing protection from evil and harm, the temple is visited by great numbers of worshippers seeking to ensure their safety during unlucky years. The temple has many highlights, including Nyoirin Kannon Zazo (seated figure of Cintamani-cakra, a designated Important Cultural Property and Japan’s oldest earthen image) and a crimson-lacquered Deva gate and. In mid-April, some 3,000 rhododendrons come into bloom on the temple’s grounds; the fall foliage in autumn is also spectacular.

Spot details

Address
Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Oka 806
Phone
0744542007
Hours
8:30-17:00
[Dec.- Feb.]8:30-16:30
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee] [General (university students and above)] 400yen [High school student] 300yen [Junior high school students] 200yen
Parking Lot
Available (Private parking available nearby)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Available (Available only for smoking space)
Wi-Fi
Available (free Wifi only)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

Review

  • Oka Temple is the Dragon Ball Temple, make a wish!
    5.0 Reviewed:2015.08.17
    According to Oka Temples legend, its founder Gaien confronted and defeated a dragon that was making mischief in the 8th century town of Asuka. After its defeat the dragon was confined to a pond...
  • 最寄りバス停から急坂を上がって参拝
    3.0 Reviewed:2021.05.13
    西国三十三所巡りで久しぶりに参拝しました。運転本数が少なく不便なのは予め想定の上、「かめバス」で向かいました。最寄りのバス停からは急坂が続いていましたが、大半の参拝者はマイカー利用のようでした。時節柄、団参ツアーは見当たらず個人の参拝者も少な目でした。
  • 駐車場代が高い
    4.0 Reviewed:2021.01.02
    元旦に行ってきました。三が日は「拝観料無料」と、知らなかったのですが、ラッキー。ゆったりした境内で、無料で「鐘」をつくことができました。ただ、お寺とは関係のない民間の駐車場が1回1千円で、ぼったくり気味。無料駐車場は、場所が分かりませんでした。明日香方面に来られたら、立ち寄る価値のあるお寺。

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