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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. Plan to visit Yakushiji Temple during your Nara vacation using our convenient Nara online tour itinerary planner .
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  • The temple itself was very good. Too many flowers including plum flower, the old atmosphere. Not very good pictures and statues are placed in the midst, I was happy just to much higher admission fee of 1,600 Yen at 1,100 yen in four and six felt. I wish wish tickets because you want to see the Tower found only inside the building.
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  • More extensive grounds in a magnificent temple. It took decades, if you had not seen improvement in East Tower building other new look!, and have revived. So I went to without knowing was very impressed. Buddhism is of course great. Nationally the especially Temple, East of the great! Noble and appearance over time, to see him and was very impressed.
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  • Until the evening closing time still had time, but I'm no nokyo-sho. With fewer people want to get 閉mechi as soon as possible.
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful
  • I missed the chance to pray to Medicine Buddha, hope got the chance to go again. Namo Shakyamuni Buddha
  • 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.
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