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Hasedera Temple

長谷寺

Hasedera Temple

長谷寺

One of the most beautiful temples in the area, Hasedera, founded in AD 686, is often called the temple of flowers. The approach to the temple is lined with restaurants and shops, creating a lively atmosphere. The temple is perched near the top of a mountain, reached by a covered stairway, lined with stone lanterns and flowers. The steps are not steep and easily manageable. The elderly and disabled may drive to the top.

At the top, visitors are rewarded with stunning views from the temple’s wooden stage, which juts out over the valley. It’s reminiscent of Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera Temple, without the crowds. It is particularly beautiful in spring and autumn when the five-story pagoda below the main hall seems designed with photographers in mind. In late spring, hundreds of peonies burst into bloom and in autumn, the red leaves mimic the red lacquered wood.

The main Buddha here is an eleven-faced Kannon statue, carved from a local camphor tree. Nearby is a statue of Binzuru, a disciple who is supposed to heal if you rub the corresponding part of his body. Consequently, it has become as smooth as glass over hundreds of years. Be sure to walk around the back of the main hall, where a small window reveals another “secret” Kannon figure. Near the main steps is a smaller temple dedicated to Ojizo (protector of children) and a pleasant tea house with views across the mountain.

In a nod to progress, the whole temple area has free Wi-Fi and QR codes at various points will lead you to the Hasedera website, for more explanation in several languages. A visit to Hasedera and the surrounding town is a pleasant half-day trip, about 50 minutes by train from JR Nara Station. Two stops away at Sakurai Station, you can visit Abe-Monjuin Temple or take a bus up to Tanzan Jinja Shrine.

Venue Details & Access Info
Address

731-1 Hase, Sakurai

桜井市初瀬731-1

Access

From Kintetsu Hasederamae Station:
- 15 minutes on foot from the station.

Related VenuesHasedera Kissako (Hasedera Temple)
Related EventsDadaoshi Festival
Kannon Mantoe

Name/address in local language

  • 長谷寺 Hasedera Temple
  • address 桜井市初瀬731-1 731-1 Hase, Sakurai
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

Apr - Sep: 8:00 - 17:00
Oct, Nov, Mar: 9:00 - 17:00
Dec - Feb: 9:00 - 16:30

Closed on

Open all year round

Admission

Adults: ¥500
Teenagers: ¥500
Children: ¥250

*Group discount available
*Discounts available for disabled visitors

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

English

Information in English

Information in Chinese

Contact Details
Tel

0744-47-7001

Website

http://www.hasedera.or.jp

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