Cradle of Japanese culture

Cradle of Japanese culture

You can meet many treasures of Japan there. If you stand in fton of the oldest wodden building Horyuji-temple, your imagination flys into the Tenpyo priod in 8th century.

Toshodaiji

Toshodaiji was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor in order to train priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. Ganjin’s tomb and the Miedo, a hall which stores a famous wooden statue of Ganjin, are located on the temple grounds. The statue, however, is displayed to the public only once a year on June 6, the anniversary of Ganjin’s death. The temple’s lecture hall (kodo) was moved to Toshodaiji from the Nara Imperial Palace, and is now the only surviving building of the former palace. Toshodaiji’s main hall (kondo) is currently being renovated until 2009.

Yakushiji

Yakushiji was constructed by Emperor Temmu in the late 7th century for the recovery of the emperor’s sick wife. One of Japan’s oldest temples, Yakushiji has a strictly symmetric, Chinese style layout, with the main and lecture halls standing on a central axis, flanked by two pagodas. The main hall was rebuilt in the 1970s after being destroyed by fire, and houses the Yakushi trinity, a masterpiece of Japanese Buddhist art. The east pagoda is the temple’s only structure to have survived the many fires and dates from 730. It appears to have six stories, but is in fact three storied, like the west pagoda.

Kusanoe

Tempura of wild weed or vegetables that have many nutrition and good for health. 15minuites by walk from Kintetu Nishinokyo.

Jikouin

Founded by Katagiri,sekishu in 1664 who teached Edo ‘shogun’s(the 4th shogun Tokugawa,Ietsuna etc.) the tea ceremony. Jikoin is not only a temple but also a large and perfect tea ceremony stage.

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