Banna-ji is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Shingon Sect, and designated as a National Treasure, founded in 1196 by the lord Ashikaga Yoshikane as the guardian temple of the Ashikaga clan. It houses a large image of the diety Dainichi Nyorai, which was inherited from the Minamoto clan.
The most remarkable feature in this landmark is the Tohodo Treasure Tower with a towering six-century ginkgo tree behind, and its sturdy moats and walls.
Inside the hondo (main hall), the giant sitting Binzuru statue will surely catch everyone's eye. It's a wooden statue which is said to be crafted way back 1299.
There are also a stone statue of Buddha and memorial stores, a heart-shaped pond, Shoro bell tower, a belfry called Nakamikado-do, and a Spirit House called "Goreiya", within the temple grounds.
Take the North exit of Tobu Ashikagashi Station, and cross the bridge across the Watarase River.
The temple is closed on Sundays and Holidays. Entry costs 400 yen.
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