Hasedera Temple

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.

Spot details

Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Hase 731-1 map map Map
[Apr.-Sep.] 8:30-17:00 [Oct./Nov./Mar.] 9:00-17:00 [Dec.-Feb.] 9:00-16:30
open everyday
[climbing feeFriday]
Parking Lot
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Available (at designated smoking areas)
Available (Free Wi-Fi)
Average budget
[Night] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Amazing Experience
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.03.09
    My husband and I visited the temple Nov 2022. It is a famous temple for the beautiful corridor, but not crowded at all. At that time, we could see and touch the Buddhist statue, which normally cannot...
  • great
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.29
    what a peaceful place ! I have been there with my wife. Weather was bad but we enjoyed a lot. Highly Recommending.
  • A hidden gem
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.22
    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...

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