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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.

place

Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Shimo 692 (Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea)

phone 0744430005
place

9:00-16:30

Review of Shorinji

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2016/05/24 A great temple with a masterpiece statue of Kwannon
Located a bit remote place and it makes this temple very quite and peaceful place. What makes this temple very attractive is its statue of Kwannon build in 6th century! It is truly a masterpiece and...
Reviewed:2020/01/18 のどかな田園風景を楽しみながら….
桜井駅からバスに揺られて…
バス停からゆっくりゆっくり歩いて10分くらいでした。
のどかな風景を楽しめます。
敷地は広くはないですが、眺めも良く静かで落ち着く寺院でした。
Reviewed:2020/01/08 十一面観音立像
桜井市にある「聖林寺」へ訪問しました。
天平彫刻の傑作の一つといわれる木心乾漆十一面観音立像(国宝)があります。
これは、和辻哲郞の著書「古寺巡礼」の中で絶賛されていました。

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Address
Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Shimo 692 [map]
Area
Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea
Phone
0744430005
Hours
9:00-16:30
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[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
Parking Lot
Available(20spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Note
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 6, 2020 (Information as of May 1, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so be sure to check the official information.

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.