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Yakushiji Temple, Nara

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See one of Japan's oldest and most storied Buddhist temples at Yakushiji Temple, part of the World Heritage Site of historical monuments in ancient Nara. The Yakushi Nyorai, known as the Medicine Buddha, is the main object of veneration, and represents one of the first Buddhist deities to arrive in the country from China. Established in 680 CE, the temple complex has seen destruction by fires throughout the ages, although its original towering pagoda, completed in 730, remains standing--the object of much admiration for its design and artistry. To visit Yakushiji Temple and other attractions in Nara, use our Nara holiday planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    My husband and I visited this beautiful temple which is located a bit out of the Centre of Nara. To get there we asked about the Tourist Office of the station. We were advised to take a bus to choice of 70.72 and 97 from 6 porch. The journey takes 15 minutes. The same Tourist Office allowed us to buy day tickets (cheaper), otherwise you can buy individual ran directly on the bus. The cost of the entrance of the temple is 800 Yen per person. With tickets provides a guide in English. Reed exists a QR-Code that allows to obtain information as well as a free WiFi service. Great, very nice. From here we then walked to the Toshidai-ji with a walk of 5-10 minutes, tracing back the way he had made the bus. Although a bit of a Trek worth it to visit both the Yakushi-ji Temple that Toshidaiij
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  • August 16, 2017
    We recommend to interested in the Buddhist treasure Yakushi of the main hall and East of Temple Treasures nationally. It is beautiful. 6/2020 Yakushi-ji Temple East Tower is dismantling repair inside.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I went home temple monk who taught the "dining room" mural. Tabuchi Toshio artist Hirayama Ikuo artist painted the murals of Xuanzang's disciples, who's work was between master and apprentice and say, touch, big style difference, very we will see interesting. Accompanied by daughter Gen genjyo sanzo mural is taste and could, I attracted to Amitabha Buddha in the "dining room" was held. The other world is getting close to what...
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  • January 25, 2017
    4 Stars only because the older of the two pagodas is completely covered as it undergoing restoration/repairs (yes, the world revolves around me). Yakushiji takes a little more effort to get to, as it is off the main line, but once you're at the nearest train station, it is close. Great place to visit with plenty of historical statues.
  • June 12, 2016
    I missed the chance to pray to Medicine Buddha, hope got the chance to go again. Namo Shakyamuni Buddha
  • October 24, 2013
    The Yakushi-ji Temple is split into two parts with a small road in between, such is its size. It is made up of quite a number of buildings including pagodas, halls, and an old learning centre. There is debate about exactly when it was built but it was either in the seventh of eighth century. Only one of the buildings – the East Pagoda – is completely original. The others have been reconstructed after being damaged or destroyed by fire. Yakushi-ji is considered to be one of the most famous imperial temples in the whole country.
  • October 13, 2012
    Nypd send me your prisoner
  • March 12, 2016

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