This prosperous temple, the head temple of the Shingon-shu Buzan-ha sect of Buddhism, is the eight of 33 temples on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. It was said to have originated with the installation of the Douban Hokke Sessou Zu (a bronze plaque carved with the Hokke Sutra), a National Treasure, by Domyo Shonin for Emperor Tenmu in 686. It is famous for its large collection of cultural properties, including the Juichimen (11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva), the temple's principal object of worship. The temple has a number of historically and cultural significant points of interest, including the 399-step stone stairs (an Important Cultural Property) leading from the Deva gate to the main temple (a National Treasure), the hanging lanterns suspended from the ceiling, and more. In late April, more than 7,000 peonies bloom in the temple gardens.
- Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Hase 731-1
- [Apr.-Sep.] 8:30-17:00 [Oct./Nov./Mar.] 9:00-17:00 [Dec.-Feb.] 9:00-16:30
- open everyday
- [Climbing fee Friday] [Adult] 500yen
- Parking Lot
- Credit Card
- Not available
- Not available
- Available (Free Wi-Fi)
- Average budget
- [Night] 1-1,000yen
- Estimated stay time
- 60-120 minutes
- Wheelchair accessible
- Infant friendly
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- what a peaceful place ！ I have been there with my wife. Weather was bad but we enjoyed a lot. Highly Recommending.
- A hidden gem
- After four trips to Japan and more temples than I can remember, this one is definitely in my top five list. Getting there from Kyoto involved three train changes, but it was easier than it sounds and...
- We made a stop in this little town only because we wanted to see the temple, it was really worth going there... the cherry trees were in full blossom, the way to go to the temple, going up the stairs...
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- m | On foot about minutes
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