One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, Asukadera Temple was founded in AD588 by the prominent Soga clan shortly after Buddhism was introduced from China and Korea.
Built under the direction of craftsmen from the Baekje Kingdom, part of modern-day Korea, the main hall and many of the statues show a strong Korean influence. Many buildings were brought to Naramachi when the capital moved to Heijyokyo, but Asukadera Temple remained. It houses Japan’s oldest great Buddha (almost 3m tall), dated to AD609.
- Venue Details & Access Info
682 Asuka, Asuka, Takaichi
From Kintetsu Kashiharajingu-mae Station East Exit:
- Take a bus bound for Okadera-mae and alight at the Asukadaibutsu stop.
- 飛鳥寺 Asukadera Temple
- address 高市郡明日香村飛鳥682 682 Asuka, Asuka, Takaichi
- Opening Time & Admissions
Apr - Sep: 9:00 - 17:30
Oct - Mar: 9:00 - 17:00
*Group discount available
Available Foreign Languages
No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)
Information in English
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