• Asukadera Temple

Asukadera Temple



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.”

Location Information

  • Address

    682, Asuka, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara, 634-0103

  • Nearest Station
    Kashiharajingumae Station
    ・ Kintetsu-minamiosaka Line
    ・ Kintetsu-kashihara Line
    ・ Kintetsu-yoshino Line
    19 minutes by bus
  • Phone Number
    Available languages
    only in Japanese
  • Hours
    9:00am - 5:15pm
    *Open until 16:45 from October to March
  • Closed
    *Closed April 7 –9
Original source: ©Shobunsha Publications Inc.

Recommended Spots in Area

  • Visiting
※ The above information was correct at the time of updating, but there may be changes to actual prices. Please confirm the current prices when visiting.