Nara's Best Buddhist Statuary
Buddhism was established in Japan in the Nara period (710-794), so it's no surprise that most of the nation’s most important Buddhist statues are found here in Nara.
The seated Miroku Bosatsu figure made in the Asuka period is popular for its mysterious smile, often compared with the Mona Lisa. | History & Culture | Horyuji Temple
The big one, literally, at a height of over 15 meters, the Daibutsu or Great Buddha is the symbol of the Nara era. | History & Culture | Nara Park
The Monju Bosatsu by acclaimed sculptor Kaikei of the Kamakura period, depicts a Bodhisattva riding a mythical lion. | History & Culture | Sakurai
The large Yakushi Nyorai healing Buddha, is surrounded by 12 guardian figures that are superbly carved with realistic expressions and the oldest of their kind in Japan. | History & Culture | Nara Park
The Shaka image of Asukadera Temple is considered Japan's oldest documented Buddha figure and an excellent example of Asuka style. | History & Culture | Asuka
There are many fine carvings here and the most prominent is the gilded eleven faced Kannon, carved from camphor wood in 1538 and standing over 10m high. | History & Culture | Hase