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Hase-dera Temple, Sakurai

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Inspect the 11-headed, gilded wooden statue of the goddess Kannon at Hase-dera Temple. One of the largest in Japan, and reputedly carved in 721 CE, the 9.18 m (30 ft) idol remains one of the main draws of this Buddhist temple, along with the striking architecture and museum of the temple's artifacts (including more statues). Explore the seven buildings of this mountainside pilgrimage site, which also has a lengthy underground tunnel. Enjoy peaceful reflection in the picturesque gardens, meditating over the peaceful koi ponds and year-round splendor. Make Hase-dera Temple part of your personalized Sakurai itinerary using our Sakurai itinerary planner.
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  • Hasedara Temple is a bit of a train ride from Nara but well worth it if you like to get off the well-worn tourist trail. It is a spiritual pilgrimage site so popular with devout Buddhists, not so much...  more »
  • We visited last week.There was no cherry tree except one tree behind main-hall.This area's person says April25~May10 period is the peony blossoms at their best and most crowded. Kintetsu express(kyuu-...  more »
  • The temple is said tone a temple of flowers. I came here in February to find there is not so many flowers but still I love here. The temple is not so crowded as in Kyoto, which makes it cozy I love th...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing place, well worth the trek out to see it. Very peaceful. Spend some time just sitting on the terrace, and have an aimless wander around the expansive grounds. Particularly beautiful in sakura season, and, I imagine, for 黄葉 as well
  • Brilliant large buddhist temple in a great location. Amazing autumn colours across this whole valley. The temple itself is a fantastic timber architecture with a large deck overlooking the valley and town below.
  • Behind the main temple there is a raised platform where you can see the valley below. All single wooden objects many meters tall.
  • Nice temple with a long history.
  • I have to visit here next trip!