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Shinyakushiji Temple

新薬師寺

Shinyakushiji Temple

新薬師寺

Founded in 747 by Empress Komyo to pray for the recovery of her husband, all that remains after several fires is the main hall housing a seated Yakushi Nyorai, believed to heal the sick.

The Buddha is surrounded by statues of the Twelve Heavenly Generals, the oldest examples in Japan, and famous for the exquisite quality of their carving. Smaller structures including the main gates, the Ojizo hall and the belfry are architecturally significant.

The belfry is part of a local legend; it is said an oni (ogre) that terrorised the town was ambushed by the belfry and chased away. Large scratch marks on the bell are said to be the oni's claw marks.

Last update: 2016-11-15

Venue Details & Access Info
Address

1352 Takabatakecho, Nara

奈良市高畑町1352

Access

From JR/Kintetsu Nara Station:
- 10 minutes by taxi from the station.

Name/address in local language

  • 新薬師寺 Shinyakushiji Temple
  • address 奈良市高畑町1352 1352 Takabatakecho, Nara
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

9:00 - 17:00

Closed on

Open all year round

Admission

Adults: ¥600
Teenagers: ¥350
Children: ¥150

*Group discount available

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)

Information in English

Contact Details
Tel

0742-22-3736

Fax

0742-26-1517

Website

http://www.shinyakushiji.or.jp/

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