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Reviewed 27 May 2014

One of Nara's world heritage temples in a sparse flat plain about 4km west of the town centre. One of the best ways to visit here is to start at furthermost Horyuji Temple, and then get a 52, 97 or 98 bus which will bring you to the car park infront of Yakushiji Temple. The unique feature of this temple are the twin pagodas, one on either side of the main hall. The compound was finished in 698 and unfortunately suffered fires since then. The east pagoda is the only remaining original feature. Not much is in English, but you can pick up a small leaflet at the entrance. Be sure to visit the second part of the temple across the road. Called Genjo-to Hall, you will need to show your ticket again. This octagonal building houses the remains of a Chinese priest who helped set up the Hosso sect of Buddhism, to which Yakushiji Temple is dedicated to. Less than five minutes walk North will bring you to another world heritage temple.

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank Jolyon67
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Yakushiji temple is a World Heritage site. This temple was built over 1300 yrs ago. Please keep at the least 1 hour for this place. You have to walk a bit to cover this place. This place is easily accessible by Metro so easy to reach there. You can cover this place if you have allotted 1 day for the Nara Park area otherwise skip this.

Date of experience: April 2013
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Yakushiji Temple is one of the oldest wooden temples in Japan having been rebuilt after fires and recently fully restored in the 1970s. When you visit it you will understand why it is understandably a World Heritage site.

I lead several tours to Japan and Yakushiji was always on the top of my list of places to take groups whether their interest was in art and architecture, history, or in esoteric Buddhism as Yakushiji is the headquarters of the Hosso school of Buddhism.

The temple centers around the image of Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha who was one of the first Buddhist deities to be introduced to Japan from China in the 7th century. The temple also houses other national treasures.

You can visit it without any prior knowledge of its history and significance and marvel at its scope and beauty but to more fully appreciate it read up before you go so that you will have a better understanding of the brilliance of its design and its deep significance and meaning.

You can walk through in a little over an hour or spend the better part of a day if you are well informed and looking for specific details.

Date of experience: November 2012
1  Thank TaksuBali
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Yakushiji temple was built more than 1,300 years ago,is declared a World Heritage site.

One of oldest temple in existence,has very big grounds.
There is many world treasures,especially,Yakushi-Nyorai,Gakkou-bosatu,Nikkou-bosatu in Kon-dou.and,Shou kannnon bosatu in Touin-dou

And if you are interested in writing Kyou in Chinese letter with brush
You can try Shakyo.
It cost about 2000yen-2500yen.

Yakushiji temple is older than Toudaiji temple just a little younger than Houryuji temple.

Date of experience: April 2013
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

This one is a bit far in the SE area of Nara, but easily accessible by Metro - take the Kintetsu line for Yamato Saidaiji, then transfer to the line for Noshinokyo. The temple is not as impressive as the 2 pagodas. If pressed for time (1day), keep your visit to Nara Park area... otherwise this is a good place to knock out a bit farther away.

Date of experience: December 2012
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