Shorin-ji Temple (聖林寺)
This is a temple built in 712 by Jo-e, oldest son of Fujiwara no Kamatari, as a branch temple of Myoraku-ji Temple (Tanzan Shrine). The main enshrined deity is Jizo, god of childbirth and long life, and is believed to ensure safe childbirth. The eleven-faced Kannon (goddess of mercy) statue, which features dry lacquer on a wooden core, is a national treasure standing almost the same as it was when built, and is a particularly famous masterpiece of Tempyo-period (the first half of 8th century) carving that is one of the representative pieces among Japan's carving history. The scenery is fantastic, and from inside the temple grounds one can look out over Mt. Miwa and the Yamato Basin.
Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Shimo 692 (Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea)
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- open everyday
- [Admission fee to worship]
[Adults(Junior high school students and older)]400yen
[Elementary School Students]200yen
[11Monday Middle Manda Exhibition]
[Adults(Junior high school students and older)]500yen
[Elementary School Students]250yen
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- Temporary suspension:Closed until May 6, 2020 (Information as of May 1, 2020)
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- On foot aboutminutes
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Nearby Tourist Attractions
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.