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Shinyakushiji Temple, Nara

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Visit the site of one of Japan's oldest wooden buildings, Shinyakushiji Temple, founded in 747 AD by Empress Komyo for her ill husband, Emperor Shomu. You'll find yourself in a complex featuring two gates and a hall, which dates back to the 12th or 13th century, as well as Hon-dor, an 8th-century building, which now serves as the main hall of the area. The small structure has white washed walls and a rather slanted roof. Go inside to find a 191.5 cm (75 in) statue of Yakushi Nyori almost filling up the entire room, with his 'twelve heavenly generals' surrounding him. In the past, the generals have featured on the 500 yen stamp. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Nara holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Shinyakushiji Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We were misled and believed this was the New Medicine Buddha place, it turned out that the "old" Medicine Buddha is still at the old site. This small place can be visited within 30-min.  more »
  • We rented bicycles to avoid the rather long walk here. The temple requires a fee, and you won't allowed to take any pictures inside. However, the artwork is pretty amazing. They show a movie in a buil...  more »
  • Another temple to take in on the walk from the train station to the great Buddha. Inside the main hall of the temple are 12 two-meter wooden statues of warriors in various poses surrounding the main B...  more »