As with most Temples in Asia the surrounding gardens and outer buildings are immaculate.
This Temple may look ancient (founded 806 AD and rebuilt in the 17th Century) but most of everything is housed in fairly 'modern' buildings.
Inside the main hall, we saw an 11 metre, 30-ton daibutsu or the Buddha statue.
Also housed in the complex is the largest wooden statue in Japan (Goddess of Mercy).
A good Japanese guidebook or online homework comes in handy for the following "tid bit"
Somewhere in the grounds are some of the remains of the Samurai who inspired the Tom Cruise film “The Last Samurai”(although we didn’t find that spot)!
Outside we strolled the grounds and although it is a small area it is perfectly kept.
The striking red Pagoda adds symmetry to the buildings along with the rocks and green trees.
We enjoyed this Temple however it is a place of worship and we made sure that we were respectful of that.
Enjoy your visit!
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