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Address: 1-1-2 Horyuji Kita, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0111, Nara Prefecture

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Home of one of the simplest but most special Miroku Bosatsu.

Situated just to the east of Hōryū-ji, the main event at Chūgū-ji is one of the smallest, simplest and unassuming yet quietly beautiful buddha/bodisattva images in whole of Japan... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
James M
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Situated just to the east of Hōryū-ji, the main event at Chūgū-ji is one of the smallest, simplest and unassuming yet quietly beautiful buddha/bodisattva images in whole of Japan (Miroku Bosatsu == Sanskrit: Maitreya). It's a dark, moody camphor wood image of the Asuka period. The setting is also simple and beautiful. I've been there in sun and rain -... More 

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