Akishinodera Temple

Attraction 757 Akishinocho Nara, Nara Prefecture 631-0811 Japan Published on: 29-06-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
02:00 PM
03:30 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Landmark
Scenic
Must see
Kids
Temple & Monument
4.50 - 5.00 USD

Akishinodera Temple is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Akishino Temple is one of the smaller but no less famous temples in the central Nara area. It is a 20 minute walk northwest of Saidaiji temple.

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Why Akishinodera Temple is special ?

Akishino-dera was built around 780 at the request of Emperor Konin. It lost most of its buildings to fire during wars in the 12th century, and the present main hall was rebuilt in the 13th century. There is a wooded area in the grounds that stretches from the south gate, and the velvety moss-covered garden is tranquil, and beautifully arranged.The most well-known Buddhist statues among the 25 placed in the main hall is the standing statue of Gigeiten, the patron god of the arts, who is venerated by many artists. Its head was made in the 8th century and the body was made in the 13th century. It is roughly 2 m in height and has been designated one of Japans Important Cultural Properties.'


Source: http://www.jnto.go.jp/

What to explore at Akishinodera Temple?

There is a wooded area in the grounds that stretches from the south gate, and the velvety moss-covered garden is tranquil, and beautifully arranged. Entry to the temple grounds costs about 500 yen but unfortunately they did not have any literature in English nor any English speakers. It's possible to walk around the temple grounds and enjoy the serene and quiet atmosphere, allowing you to wonder what it must have been like 1300 years ago when it was a major place of worship.

Source: http://en.japantravel.com/

How to get to Akishinodera Temple?

[Bus]Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Stn./Bus/6-min. ride/Akishino-dera-mae Stop/1-min. walk

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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
158.10 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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757 Akishinocho Nara, Nara Prefecture 631-0811 Japan

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