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.
- Venue Details & Access Info
1352 Takabatakecho, Nara
From JR/Kintetsu Nara Station:
- 10 minutes by taxi from the station.
- 新薬師寺 Shinyakushiji Temple
- address 奈良市高畑町1352 1352 Takabatakecho, Nara
- Opening Time & Admissions
9:00 - 17:00
Open all year round
*Group discount available
Available Foreign Languages
No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)
Information in English
- Contact Details