Nara Temples 奈良のお寺
Nara's temples include such world famous UNESCO World Heritage listed temples such as Horyuji, Kofukuji, Todaiji and Yakushiji.
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 - 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.