Yakushiji Temple

Sightseeing information about Yakushiji Temple in Japan.


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The western part of Nara City is home to several grand temples listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of them, Yakushiji Temple, was founded in the late 7th century by an emperor to pray for the recovery of his wife. Among highlights are two 3-story pagodas, one located in the east and the other in the west. The east pagoda, standing at 34.1m, is the only original building, giving us a glimpse of construction style of the Asuka period (645-710).

After visiting the main hall, it is recommended to head to the Oike pond to take in a view of beautiful 3-story pagodas against the backdrop of Mount Wakakusa-yama. This will give you a sense of space surrounding the ancient capital city and a feeling of cleaning of the heart and soul. The east pagoda is currently under renovation until 2018.

Purposeelderly,world heritage,first time in Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 34.4km) Google Transit

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4.07 months ago

A very nice temple, far enough away from Nara Park that it is nice and quiet with few crowds but close enough that it is very easily accessible from Nara station. The temple itself is quite large with several beautiful looking pagodas. Admission was around 1100 yen for access to 4 of the buildings and a little bit more for access to all but as long as you don't mind not going inside the pagodas then the cheaper option is fine as you can still see them up close. Definitely worth the trip from Nara

5.03 months ago

This temple was amazing! The left side pagoda has these bronze relief scenes inside of Buddha that are incredible (no photos allowed). The Buddhas here are absolutely beautiful. It’s a rather large complex with much to view, it’s worth the higher package price of ¥1,700.

4.03 months ago

Gorgeous temple complex accented by many buildings, including two towering pagodas. Extremely helpful staff, too.

5.0in the last week

Vibrant colors in this large temple, with potted lotuses blooming in July.

4.0a year ago

A 800 yen ticket that is a lil bit pricey (July 2020). Not a good time for visiting because of some renovation works occured. But, the Pagoda with a tree is the best! Need some time to set the camera angle up (no tripod alllowed) to get the best pict of it.

English explanation for each building is available. You will like it if you have some interesting in Buddha period of Japan. Last, don't forget to explore nearby shrines.

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