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Hasedera Temple (総本山 長谷寺)

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 (Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea)

phone 0744477001

[Oct.-Nov., Mar.]9:00-17:00

Review of Hasedera Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/04/29 great
what a peaceful place ! I have been there with my wife. Weather was bad but we enjoyed a lot. Highly Recommending.
Reviewed:2019/04/22 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...
Reviewed:2019/04/19 Mesmerizing
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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Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Hase 731-1 [map]
Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea
[Oct.-Nov., Mar.]9:00-17:00
open everyday
[Admission fee Friday]
[Adult] 500yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
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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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          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.