Banna-ji Temple

Banna-ji Temple, Ashikaga: Hours, Address, Banna-ji Temple Reviews: 4/5

Banna-ji Temple
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Historic Sites • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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wearehereat
Acapulco, Mexico192 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Being an ancient samurai castle this is a true marvel of Japanese culture and heritage. Beautiful and tranquil.
Written 21 October 2018
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2miaou2016
Tokyo, Japan17 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Historic temple in very original and pretty surroundings in the centre of the old town. Do not miss it in you go to Ashikaga.
Written 16 May 2017
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Hiro_S_12
Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan63 contributions
May 2017 • Family
This place was a house of Sho-gun Ashikaga, and he built this temple in 1196. The main temple is national treasure.
You can see two big guards inside main gate building (Ni Oh sama). Right one is "A" and left side is "UN", those are carved by Unkei who is famous Busshi (A Busshi (仏師) is a Japanese sculptor specializing in Buddha statues. - Quote from Wikipedia), pass though the gate you can see garden on the right side, and big-old-ginko tree on the left side. (Right after though the gate, there is audio guide stand on the left side it includes English. (there may be some other languages, sorry I do not remember well...))
足利氏の邸宅跡だそうです。本殿は国宝で迫力あるでも静かな佇まいで落ち着きます。
仁王様は運慶の作、2体とも大きくて迫力あります。
門を入ると右手にお庭、左に大銀杏があります。(門入って左すぐのところに音声案内があります。日本語だけではなく他の言語もありました。うろ覚えですが英語、韓国語、中国語だったかな)
本堂の他にも県の重要文化財などあります。
Written 9 May 2017
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ART196
244 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Bannaji was originally the site of a fortified residence of the Ashikaga clan built in the mid-twelfth century, this is why to this day the temple is surrounded by a moat. In 1196 the family temple was established on the site and this eventually evolved into Bannaji. Bridges on four sides span the moat. The main entrance has a pretty roofed bridge before the main gate. Japanese castles evolved from fortified residences like the one built by the Ashikaga, called Yakata, and so this is technically a former castle site, though today the temple dominates. It is lively with worshippers and there are many graceful structures.
Written 13 November 2016
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duchesslada
Davao City, Philippines4 contributions
Feb 2016
Amazed at the place because I heard that it's already old and it's still well preserved. Love the place because it's so calming.
Written 24 March 2016
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Ted C
La Mesa, CA194 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
This temple originally built in 1189 has burned several times and been rebuilt, the most recent rebuilding was 694 years ago so do not fuss because it is not the original.

It is classed by the Japanese Government as a National Treasure, and it is. The architecture shows a definite Chinese influence which was fashionable in 1292 when it was rebuit for the first time.

There is the biggest ginko tree I have ever seen next to the building where the texts were kept. Three of the Ashikaga Lords are entoumbed in a shinto shrine in the rear of the compound.

Well worth seeing if you have any interest in either Japanese architecture or Japanese history.
Written 9 May 2015
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eTaka
Tokyo, Japan272 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
A nice weather for visiting this wonderfully and historic old temples of the Ashikaga Clan. From Ashikaga station, it is a 10-15 minutes walk. There were some construction going on, but did not intrude too much on main area where the temples and the great 550 year old Gingkgo tree was located. I would highly suggest to visit when the leaves are turning for the marvelous display autumn colors. The temple is also designated as a place of National Heritage.
Written 23 September 2014
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