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Oct 8, 2017
“AWESOME in a Sanjusangendo sort of way. The 12 Heavenly Generals were incredibly cool to look at, & over 1200 years old!”
Jul 4, 2017
“National Treasures and the Start of a Trek to Tenri”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1352 Takabatakecho, Nara 630-8301, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

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...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed July 4, 2017

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...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank RichardBoise
Reviewed June 13, 2016

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.

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Victoria H
Reviewed January 7, 2016

We rented bicycles to avoid the rather long walk here. The temple requires a fee, and you won't allowed to take any pictures inside. However, the artwork is pretty amazing. They show a movie in a building on site which shows the original colouring of...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed November 22, 2015

Another temple to take in on the walk from the train station to the great Buddha. Inside the main hall of the temple are 12 two-meter wooden statues of warriors in various poses surrounding the main Buddha image.

Date of experience: December 2014
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Reviewed November 12, 2015

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

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank swift314
Reviewed February 13, 2015

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...More

Date of experience: April 2014
2  Thank hfot2
Reviewed June 26, 2014

One of my favorites in Nara. Simple, but awesome. Our teen boys thought it was very cool. Tip...see my review about the Kyoto temples & getting 'Autographs' at ea. of the temples.

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

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...More

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank VanessaY650
Reviewed August 15, 2013

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...More

Date of experience: August 2013
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