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Yakushiji Temple

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Address: Nara 630-8563, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-33-6001
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Beautiful Temple (Under Constructions)

We were thinking to have a walk after having a heavy meal of okonomiyaki at Kameya Restaurant. Hence visiting Yakushiji-Temple is the best option as the temple is only 5 mins... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melaka, Malaysia
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is one of 9 Unesco world heritage sites in and near Nara. It's accessible by a 30-minute bus ride. We spent only an hour, and felt it was the least architecturally interesting of the 5 Unesco sites we visited. We suggest you spend your time at Toshodaiji, which is on the same bus route and much more impressive.

Thank Martha B
Melaka, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were thinking to have a walk after having a heavy meal of okonomiyaki at Kameya Restaurant. Hence visiting Yakushiji-Temple is the best option as the temple is only 5 mins walk from the restaurant and guess what, it ended up we have a great time at the temple. There are many local doing prayers at the temple and we... More 

Thank villa827
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

It's underunconstruction at the moment and cost alot of money to see very little. I wish I knew before buying the ticket. It's far away from the closet bus stop and they stop running after 4 even if you come to the temple around at 3-3:30.

2 Thank Mary W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Yakushiji Temple was built to worship Yakushi Nyorai, god of medicine back in the 7th century however, as a result of fires, the temple you see today was rebuilt in the 1970s with the exception of the east pagoda, which remains from the original dating back to 730. The temple is organized symmetrically, which is not common for Japanese temples,... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

An extremely large temple complex in Nara which is perfect for the photography lovers as well. I went there as part of a cruise ship itinerary and was not disappointed.

Thank Brisbane41
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I visited this temple and was immediately struck by the peaceful and calm atmosphere of the temple and its surroundings. While the temple is not outstanding, I enjoyed my visit due to the atmosphere.

Thank Vandana01
Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

behind the Buddha sculpture in the main hall, you can see a footprint (legendarily) made by Buddha himself. when we visited, most of the architecture seemed to be under reconsturction or had been newly painted.

Thank tensaisimon
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Do come by this temple when you are in Nara - however there is nothing special that you would not have seen in Kyoto. Easy to reach using the city buses and the JR train.The station is just a minute's walk from the temple.

Thank lonelytrotter
Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My last stop of the day was the Yakushiji Temple, and I’ll be honest, this is where I messed up. Not only is the temple far away from the city centre, it was also under construction. To get to the temple you have to get on a local (non-tourist) bus, and I ended up waiting an hour (not kidding) for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

After visiting Horyuji, you can take a bus to Toshodaiji and after visiting there walk to Yakushiji. It is a pleasant walk through a residential area. The main attraction at Yakushiji and the only original building, is the lovely East Pagoda. It looks as if it has 6 stories, but in fact there are only 3 - a building technique... More 

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