Yakushiji Temple

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Photo: Hondo, Yakushiji, Nara – JeffRz / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Yakushiji Temple is regarded as one of the oldest and most important temples in Japan, which is no surprise given its impressive status. The temple is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the headquarters of the Hosso Sect of Buddhism, and one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara.



457 Nishinokyocho, Nara, 630-8563 (Map) (Directions)


8:30 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 8:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 8:30 - 17:00
Thursday 8:30 - 17:00
Friday 8:30 - 17:00
Saturday 8:30 - 17:00
Sunday 8:30 - 17:00
Holidays 8:30 - 17:00



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If you are starting in Nara, take the Kintetsu Nara Line from Kintetsu Nara Station to Yamato-Saidaiji Station, and then transfer to the Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station. From there, Yakushiji is about a 2-minute walk.

Alternatively, start at JR Kyoto Station and walk to Kintetsu Kyoto Station. Then, take the Kintetsu Kyoto Line or Kintetsu Limited Express to Yamato-Saidaiji Station. From Yamato-Saidaiji Station, take the Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station, and then walk about 2 minutes to the temple.

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