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Shinyakushiji Temple

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Address: 1352 Takabatakecho, Nara 630-8301, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-22-3736
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Quiet place, excellent artwork

We rented bicycles to avoid the rather long walk here. The temple requires a fee, and you won't allowed to take any pictures inside. However, the artwork is pretty amazing. They... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2016
Frankfurt, Germany

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

We were misled and believed this was the New Medicine Buddha place, it turned out that the "old" Medicine Buddha is still at the old site. This small place can be visited within 30-min.

Thank Victoria H
Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

We rented bicycles to avoid the rather long walk here. The temple requires a fee, and you won't allowed to take any pictures inside. However, the artwork is pretty amazing. They show a movie in a building on site which shows the original colouring of the statues. Text is only in Japanese but the images speak for themselves.

Thank neumanth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

Another temple to take in on the walk from the train station to the great Buddha. Inside the main hall of the temple are 12 two-meter wooden statues of warriors in various poses surrounding the main Buddha image.

Thank Sarakit C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

quite a walk from the bus stop and rather expensive to entre 600yen so unless you are desperate to visit another temple then i wouldnt recomend you visit

1 Thank swift314
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

We enjoyed the walk here from Kasuga Taisha, first on a path through a foresty bit of Nara Park, and then through small, mostly residential, streets. We saw a few signs pointing the way, but we also stopped to ask directions from a group of local painters sketching sakura. Finally when we arrived at the temple we found an exorbitant... More 

2 Thank hfot2
Cusco, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

One of my favorites in Nara. Simple, but awesome. Our teen boys thought it was very cool. Tip...see my review about the Kyoto temples & getting 'Autographs' at ea. of the temples.

Thank arizona-griswolds
Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

It's quite a walk from the bus stop (20-30 mins) and there are few signs showing the way - we had to ask some of the locals living in the area, a few times. 600 yen as the entrance fee is a little dear when you compare it to Todaiji and a few of the other main attractions of Nara.... More 

1 Thank Vanessa Y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Shin Yakushiji is a small jewel. The Hon-dō, the principal image of Yakushi Nyorai and eleven statues of the Twelve Heavenly Generals have been designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the government of Japan as National Treasures. What is different here in this small quiet compound is at least two things -- the approachability... More 

1 Thank BTDTtattoo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2012

Once you finally arrive here, the site to see is the Big Buddha housed within surrounded by his 12 protector generals. Similar to what you'll see at other museums and temples, if you're in a hurry or don't have much time in Nara, this is one that you can skip.

2 Thank Jon1796
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

the only attraction is the 12 statues surrounding the 2m Buddha statue, if you have time & budget thn can drop in for a visit

2 Thank meiyih

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