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Hasedera temple

Hasedera templeHasedera is a Buddhist temple of Shingon school, and is located in Sakurai city.
It is located about 25 km south-southeast of Nara city, and is in the mountain to the west of Nara Basin.

The principal Buddhist image is the Goddess of Kannon with 11 faces.
It was recreated in 1538, and the height is about 10.2 meters.

This temple has been known as "Temple of flower".
Around this temple, there are many peonies, and the flowers are in full bloom from late April to early May.
Not only peony, but also cherry blossom, hydrangea and several other flowers bloom seasonally.

The temple is on the slope of mountain.
After passing through Niomon gate, we walk up the sloping corridor with 399 steps.

At the top of the corridor, there is the main temple.
It is designated as a national treasure, and has a terrace like Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto.
Main temple had been destroyed by fire seven times from the first construction to 1536. Then the last temple was rebuilt in 1588.
But after that, new temple was built in 1650, and it is the current temple.

In the precincts, there are many buildings, and most of them are designated as important cultural properties.

How to get to here

By railroad

By Kintestsu Osaka Line, get off at Hasedera station.
About 15 minutes walk from there.

Main temple of Hasedera
©Yasufumi Nishi / © JNTO
Niomon gate
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Sloping corridor
Photo by Kogashitsu-kabegami
Shoro (Bell tower)
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Five-story pagoda
Photo by Kogashitsu-kabegami
Cherry blossoms in Hasedera Peonies in Hasedera
Photo by Kogashitsu-kabegami

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