Shinyakushiji Temple

Shinyakushiji Temple, Nara

Shinyakushiji Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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BTDTtattoo
6 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Shin Yakushiji is a small jewel. The Hon-dō, the principal image of Yakushi Nyorai and eleven statues of the Twelve Heavenly Generals have been designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the government of Japan as National Treasures. What is different here in this small quiet compound is at least two things -- the approachability of the statues and the ability to see the artfulness of their expressions close up. Especially if you are tired of very large temples and the inability to feel close up and personal with the statuary inside your usual shrine or temple, this is a fun place. One way to see this is to start your (half) day at Todaiji (the big Buddha), then turn up the hill to Nigatsu-do. Leave Nigatsu-do and walk south along the brow of the hill to Kasuga Shrine. Continue to walk along the brow of the hill until you reach a street on the south side of the Kasuga park. Turn right down the street and look for signs on the left to Shin Yakushiji, which will be up the hill to your left about a quarter mile. Closes at 17:00 so pace the hike so you are not late. I've been here on three different trips to the Kanto sightseeing, and will visit again on my next trip!
Written August 15, 2013
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meiyih
Tokyo, Japan256 contributions
Nov 2011 • Friends
the only attraction is the 12 statues surrounding the 2m Buddha statue, if you have time & budget thn can drop in for a visit
Written November 15, 2011
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LaTinoco
California241 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
I went out of my way to go to this place because I HAD to see the 12 muscle-knotted Heavenly Generals inside.

Built in the 700's by an empress who wanted to heal her ailing husband, Shin-Yakushiji is remarkable in the same way that Sanjusangendo is, and unfortunately we can't take pictures inside here either. But I was so astounded at the detail and anatomical awesomeness of the statues inside. I can't even imagine how cool they must have looked when they were brightly painted in greens, reds and purples. The cool thing about a lot of these deities is that they almost always seem to be military generals of the Heavens.

They correspond with the year (or month) you were born and I got a post card of my general. It's worth the detour. You'll probably have it all to yourselves.
Written October 8, 2017
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont6,624 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
We enjoyed the walk here from Kasuga Taisha, first on a path through a foresty bit of Nara Park, and then through small, mostly residential, streets. We saw a few signs pointing the way, but we also stopped to ask directions from a group of local painters sketching sakura.

Finally when we arrived at the temple we found an exorbitant entry fee of 600¥ for this temple, of which only the main hall, the Hondo, survives. It was more than we paid for Todaiji in all its grandeur. Then we learned that photography was not allowed inside.

We were able to see the vaunted main hall, which dates from the 8th century, through the gate, so we took a few photos from outside and decided we've done enough. Yes we missed the highly praised statues, but we’ve seen enough statues on the day, to give these a pass.

Just beside the temple is another Shinto shrine, where we took a brief rest break.
Written February 13, 2015
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Jon1796
Beijing, China1,080 contributions
Dec 2012 • Solo
Once you finally arrive here, the site to see is the Big Buddha housed within surrounded by his 12 protector generals. Similar to what you'll see at other museums and temples, if you're in a hurry or don't have much time in Nara, this is one that you can skip.
Written December 23, 2012
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RichardBoise
Boise, ID143 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
If you're interested in a trek through the countryside, get yourself a copy of "The Northern Extension of the Yamanobe no Michi" from Amazon and start at this temple or the nearby Fukuu-in ji temple.

Fukuu-in ji Temple is on the same narrow road as Shin Yakushi ji, a Buddhist temple of the Kegon sect, founded in 747 by Empress Kōmyō. The road is this area is lined with a very old wall, topped with tiles and constructed on a bamboo lattice with a mixture of adobe and potsherds.

The present main hall of Shin Yakushi ji survives from the 8th century and houses a Yakushi Nyorai, statues of Nikkō Bosatsu and Gakkō Bosatsu, and a group of Twelve Heavenly Generals. They are National Treasures. The main hall is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Japan. The construction features a large irimoya style roof and whitewashed walls. Inside thick pillars placed on the dirt floor carry the roof. The open ceiling (originally painted red), leaves the sheathing beams and rafters visible. The main hall is also a National Treasure.
Written July 4, 2017
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victoriahhsu
174 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
We were misled and believed this was the New Medicine Buddha place, it turned out that the "old" Medicine Buddha is still at the old site. This small place can be visited within 30-min.
Written June 14, 2016
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,551 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
quite a walk from the bus stop and rather expensive to entre 600yen so unless you are desperate to visit another temple then i wouldnt recomend you visit
Written November 12, 2015
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Vanessa Y
Tokyo, Japan815 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
It's quite a walk from the bus stop (20-30 mins) and there are few signs showing the way - we had to ask some of the locals living in the area, a few times. 600 yen as the entrance fee is a little dear when you compare it to Todaiji and a few of the other main attractions of Nara.
Inside the fairly small building are some stunning examples of statues, but it's quite dark and you aren't allowed to take any photo's (unlike Todaiji). There's not much else to see around the area.
So, if you want to see some rather special statues (guardians with the zodiac animals combined) and you don't mind taking your time (to get to and from there) and spending the money isn't a problem, then this is a place you will enjoy ...
Written January 10, 2014
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RICHARD O
90 contributions
Oct 2018
This temple is approximately 1,300 years old and the main hall dates back that far. The grounds are small in comparison to its days of glory, but there's still much to see here. This neighborhood is also the starting point for the trail to Tenri City, a jaunt that's the subject of a new guidebook called "The Trail to Tenri City; The Old Road South of Nara." Available on Amazon.
Written September 13, 2019
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