Chuguji is a Buddhist temple, and is located just
east of Horyuji
In Japanese, it is pronounced long as "Chuuguuji".
It is estimated that this temple was founded by Prince Shotoku around
the early 7th century, around the same time as Horyuji.
The position of this temple was on the east side of Ikaruga Palace which was built by Prince Shotoku, so this temple and Horyuji were set up symmetrically.
But it is not unknown exactly why this temple was founded.
This temple had declined since the 9th century, but it was
reestablished in the late 13th century.
From the early 17th century, this became the temple of nun.
In the precincts, there is an only temple rebuilt in 1968.
But the biggest attraction is Bosatsu-Hankazo, a wooden Buddha statue.
It is the principal image of this temple, and is designated as a national treasure.
It was created in the 7th century, and the height is 132 centimeters.
Its gentle smile attracts us.
It is difficult to say which is better, Chuguji's statue or the statue in Koryuji in Kyoto.
The admission fee to this temple is 500 yen.
About 5 minutes from To-in Garan in Horyuji.
Photo by Nara-no-Sekaiisan