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Yakushi-ji Temple, Nara

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See one of Japan's oldest and most storied Buddhist temples at Yakushi-ji Temple, part of the World Heritage Site of historical monuments in ancient Nara. The Yakushi Nyorai, known as the Medicine Buddha, is the main object of veneration, and represents one of the first Buddhist deities to arrive in the country from China. Established in 680 CE, the temple complex has seen destruction by fires throughout the ages, although its original towering pagoda, completed in 730, remains standing--the object of much admiration for its design and artistry. Plan to visit Yakushi-ji Temple during your Nara vacation using our convenient Nara online tour itinerary planner .
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  • Maybe we were "templed out" after Kyoto and all the other wonderful sites in Nara, but don't come here unless you absolutely must see everything. As others have said, it's pretty but one of the pagoda...  more »
  • Japan's oldest Buddhist temple (8th century). Not much to see. A little disappointed when we have already seen other temples, especially in Kyoto. Advantage: very few tourists.
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  • Yakushiji Temple was relocated in 718 and has been renovated several times since 1967. Noted on my wonder-tips site.
  • Whoa! Big and empty, save for school children and elders. Definitely a place that tourists miss on their way to the tourism centers of Nara. Give this place a look see if you can spare the time, they have an impressive sized Miroku (medicine buddha) image on display.
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