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“Off the beaten path, but very impressive”

Shinyakushiji Temple
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Private Full-Day Nara Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle
Ranked #18 of 181 things to do in Nara
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Off the beaten path, but very impressive”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

One of my favorites in Nara. Simple, but awesome. Our teen boys thought it was very cool. Tip...see my review about the Kyoto temples & getting 'Autographs' at ea. of the temples.

Visited June 2014
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“Amazing to see ... but, a bit too far from anywhere.”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

It's quite a walk from the bus stop (20-30 mins) and there are few signs showing the way - we had to ask some of the locals living in the area, a few times. 600 yen as the entrance fee is a little dear when you compare it to Todaiji and a few of the other main attractions of Nara.
Inside the fairly small building are some stunning examples of statues, but it's quite dark and you aren't allowed to take any photo's (unlike Todaiji). There's not much else to see around the area.
So, if you want to see some rather special statues (guardians with the zodiac animals combined) and you don't mind taking your time (to get to and from there) and spending the money isn't a problem, then this is a place you will enjoy ...

Visited December 2013
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“Actually, a small jewel, charming and worth the walk...”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Shin Yakushiji is a small jewel. The Hon-dō, the principal image of Yakushi Nyorai and eleven statues of the Twelve Heavenly Generals have been designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the government of Japan as National Treasures. What is different here in this small quiet compound is at least two things -- the approachability of the statues and the ability to see the artfulness of their expressions close up. Especially if you are tired of very large temples and the inability to feel close up and personal with the statuary inside your usual shrine or temple, this is a fun place. One way to see this is to start your (half) day at Todaiji (the big Buddha), then turn up the hill to Nigatsu-do. Leave Nigatsu-do and walk south along the brow of the hill to Kasuga Shrine. Continue to walk along the brow of the hill until you reach a street on the south side of the Kasuga park. Turn right down the street and look for signs on the left to Shin Yakushiji, which will be up the hill to your left about a quarter mile. Closes at 17:00 so pace the hike so you are not late. I've been here on three different trips to the Kanto sightseeing, and will visit again on my next trip!

Visited August 2013
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“Simple temple, a bit out of the way without much to see”
Reviewed 23 December 2012

Once you finally arrive here, the site to see is the Big Buddha housed within surrounded by his 12 protector generals. Similar to what you'll see at other museums and temples, if you're in a hurry or don't have much time in Nara, this is one that you can skip.

Visited December 2012
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“Shinyakushiji Temple - slightly far located”
Reviewed 15 November 2011

the only attraction is the 12 statues surrounding the 2m Buddha statue, if you have time & budget thn can drop in for a visit

Visited November 2011
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