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“survives”(2 reviews)
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1352 Takabatakecho, Nara 630-8301, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-22-3736
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Reviewed 9 October 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

1  Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed 5 July 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

1  Thank RichardBoise
Reviewed 14 June 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.

1  Thank Victoria H
Reviewed 7 January 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

Thank journey4one
Reviewed 23 November 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.

Thank Sarakit C
Reviewed 13 November 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

1  Thank swift314
Reviewed 14 February 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

2  Thank hfot2
Reviewed 27 June 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.

Thank arizona-griswolds
Reviewed 10 January 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

1  Thank Vanessa Y
Reviewed 15 August 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

3  Thank BTDTtattoo
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