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Muroji Temple

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Address: 78 Murou, Murou-ku, Uda 633-0421 , Nara Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 745-93-2003

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Serenity in temple

Whether you believe Buddhism or not, I am sure that you love the serenity of this temple. The way to Okunoin Building is a steep slope, but you can feel well-done when you arrive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Kimitaka S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Whether you believe Buddhism or not, I am sure that you love the serenity of this temple. The way to Okunoin Building is a steep slope, but you can feel well-done when you arrive there. Many flowers are in full bloom in April and in May. So, you should not miss this season.

Thank Kimitaka S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

What to say -- this was the highlight of our recent Kyoto / Nara trip. It is difficult to describe the beauty of this forest temple – it is a series of small, 1,300+ year old small wooden halls housing fantastically carved wooden Buddha and other deity images – all of which are now National Treasures of Japan. The main... More 

Thank Travel715
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Not much of the foreigners as a visitors in this temple. We stumbled upon it because we were situated close by in Nishimine, one train station further. But what a site... A bus from some small village (a schedule is every 60 minutes so try to be punctual). 750 (or so) steps to the top... Be comfortable in climbing... Too... More 

Thank Ivan N
Kobe, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

English follows. 朝早く訪問し、清々しい気分の中、階段を登ります。金堂の特別拝観に恵まれ、感動しま した。古来の信仰と今の信仰の違いを感じました。でもよく考えると、日本が平和で、最も古くからある国だからこそ、今に伝わっているのです。 一人一人のお顔を見つめるのは、特別拝観の時のみに許されることですから、素晴らしい時間になりました。 Luckily I was, I got chance to visit KONDO in special season. In front of many Buddhists, I thought peace of Japan deeply. KONDO was built late 9th century and was kept beautifully. Its style of faith was changed some time in long history, but peoples love Murouji. Japan is most oldest country.

Thank kobedakero
Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

We got off at Muroguchiono and took a taxi (under ¥2000) to the temple as the bus runs only once an hour. Muroji is off the beaten path, so expect a quiet place. The temple itself shows a number of great statues and consists of several halls and a pagoda (apparently the smallest in Japan). What makes the place unique... More 

Thank neumanth
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful mountain temples you can ever find in Japan. I have visited this temple three or four times in the past and it never ceased to amaze me with its beautiful temple buildings and the placement of each building in the mountain. The Muro-ji Temple is located deep in Mount Muro of southeastern region... More 

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Hveragerdi, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I visited Muroji temple in the end of a day, so there were no people and I got the all area for myself (excluding staff and monks). It was a very deep spiritual experience for me, even if I'm not religious... but the atmosphere there is unique. Many interesting buildings, few storey pagoda, all surrounded by old forest. Unforgettable experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This old, old temple is famous in Japan as "Women's Koya-san": in the past, many Buddhist sacred places were forbidden for women, but not Muroji. Its ancient wooden buildings seem to look exactly the same as one thousand years ago. The statues looked fantastic, but you have to pay an extra fee to get closer to the most famous of... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very beautiful place, try traditional dessert in a restaurant there (I ate sweet noodles with beans, very interesting taste). Huge trees (very impressive), a lot of stairs that lead to an amasing temple on top. Worth the trip!

Thank Olga P
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I've wanted to visit Muroji since college, after viewing slides of the site in my Asian Art class. This is indeed a top destination for anyone interested in Japanese art and architecture - one of the few surviving buildings outside of Nara dating back to the late 8th / early 9th centuries. It has exquisite wooden sculptures (all considered National... More 

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