Soga no Umako established this temple as Japan's likely first Buddhist sanctuary in 596, during the reign of empress Suiko. It is also known as “Houkou-ji” and “Gango-ji”. A monk and a temple architect from Baekje shared their knowledge and technology with him and Soga no Umako built the large temple. The main object of worship, a statue of Shaka Nyorai (believed to be the Buddha who created all life), is called the “Asuka Giant Buddha.”
682, Asuka, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara, 634-0103
- Nearest Station
･ Kintetsu-minamiosaka Line
･ Kintetsu-kashihara Line
･ Kintetsu-yoshino Line
19 minutes by bus
- Phone Number
0744-54-2126Available languagesonly in Japanese
9:00am - 5:15pm
*Open until 16:45 from October to March
*Closed April 7 –9
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