Shin-Yakushiji is a temple of
the same Kegon Buddhism as Todaiji.
It is located about 0.7 km south of Kasuga-taisha shrine.
An ancient book says that this temple was founded in 747.
Because Emperor Shomu (701-756) was ill, it is said that Empress Komyo, his wife, built this temple to wish his healing.
So, Yakushi Nyorai was enshrined in this temple. Yakushi Nyorai is one of the gods of Buddhism, and is the god of health.
Great Yakushiji temple had already been in the suburbs of Nara city, then this temple was named Shin-Yakushiji. "Shin" means "new".
When the original temple was built, the temple grounds were broad.
But since the 10th century, this temple had declined, so the current temple has only Hondo (Main temple) and some other buildings.
Hondo is the original temple built in the 8th century, and is
designated as a national treasure.
In the center of Hondo, there is seated Yakushi Nyorai statue (191.5 centimeters high). And 12 statues of gods are set up around Yakushi Nyorai.
All of them were created in the 8th century, and are designated as national treasures.
(Taking photos in Hondo is prohibited.)
The admission fee to this temple is 600 yen.
Shin-Yakushiji official website (in Japanese) : We can see the photos of the national treasures.
About 13 minutes from JR Nara station or Kintetsu Nara station. Get off at Takabatakecho stop.
About 10 minutes from Ni-no-Torii gate in Kasuga-taisha shrine, through a narrow path "Sasayaki-no-Komichi".