Shin-Yakushi-ji was built in 747 by Empress Komyo, who was the wife of Emperor Shomu as an offering for the recovery of Emperor Shomu. According to records, it has a large numbers of buildings by then destroyed by fire and the only one remain is the present main hall.
Yakushi-ji Temple is now a single hall enshrining a powerful image of Yakushi, the Healing Buddha, surrounded by clay sculptures of 12 divine generals.
The main attraction here is the statue of Yakushi Nyorai and the twelves guardian deities encircling them. They are standing in unique poses with different weapons and facial impressions.
Yakushi-Nyorai-zazo, a seated statue that measures nearly 2m is the focus of worship at the temple. The twelve Shinsho-ritsuzo believed to have been produced in the 18th century. The oldest of their kind in Japan, they are collectively designated a National Treasure.
From JR Nara station or Kintetsu Nara station. Get off at Takabatakecho stop.
It opens 9:00 to 17:00, with no closing days. Admission fee is 600 Yen.
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