Nara Temples & Shrines

Nara Temples 奈良のお寺

Nara is second only Kyoto for the beauty, importance and number of its Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

It was during Nara's time as the capital of Japan (710-794) that Buddhism was established as a state religion and began to spread to other parts of the country.

Nara's temples include such world famous UNESCO World Heritage listed temples such as Horyuji, Kofukuji, Todaiji and Yakushiji.

Todaiji Temple entrance, Nara, Japan.
Todaiji Temple in Nara is the world's largest wooden building and houses the world's oldest gilded bronze Buddha - Daibutsu
Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan.
Todaiji Temple in Nara is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site

Nara Temples & Shrines

Asukadera Temple in Asuka, Nara Prefecture is the oldest large scale temple in Japan and contains the country's oldest bronze statue.

Chuguji Temple - a nunnery, next door to Horyuji, and home to two National Treasures.

Gangoji Temple - was founded in Asuka and moved to Nara in 718 (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Hasedera Temple - is a large complex in the hills of Nara Prefecture known for its floral colors.

Hokiji Temple - Asuka era temple with original 3-story pagoda.

Hokkeji Temple - was established as a nunnery by the Empress Komyo in the 8th century.

Horinji Temple - small temple in the Ikaruga district with some superb Buddhist images on display in its Treasure House.

Horyuji Temple, Nara, Japan.
Horyuji Temple Five Story Pagoda
Horyuji Temple, Nara, Japan.
Horyuji Temple (Main Hall) Kondo

Horyuji Temple - home to some of the world's oldest wooden buildings.

Jokyoji Temple - is a Jodo Shinshu sect temple of Japanese Buddhism.

Kaidan-in - is part of Todaiji Temple and was Japan's first ordination hall for monks and nuns.

Kairyuoji Temple - dates from 731 and was built to protect the Heijo Palace from evil believed to emanate from the north east.

Kofukuji Temple - UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its ancient 5-story pagoda and priceless Buddhist statues.

Muroji Temple - an ancient seat of mystical power.

Okadera Temple - an ancient temple on a hill summit in Asuka.

Saidaiji Temple - the Great Western Temple and counterpart to Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple).

Sumo Shrine - the legendary birthplace of sumo in Japan.

Tachibanadera Temple - the supposed birthplace of Prince Shotoku Taishi.

Tanzan Shrine - is a mountain shrine in Sakurai known for its 13-story pagoda and spectacular fall colors.

Todaiji Temple - includes the world's largest wooden structure and the 15m bronze Daibutsu (Great Buddha), cast in 749: also the largest of its kind in the world.

Toshodaiji Temple - was founded by the Chinese monk Ganjin in 759 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Yakushiji Temple - is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its historic East Pagoda.

Yakushiji Temple, Nara, Japan.
Main Hall (Kondo), Yakushiji Temple, Nara
Yakushiji Temple, Nara, Japan.
West Pagoda (Saito), Yakushiji Temple, Nara

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