Shorinji Temple

Shorinji enshrines the national treasure statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon- the masterpiece of Nara era

Shorinji enshrines the national treasure statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon- the masterpiece of Nara era

Established by Joe, Fujiwara-no-Kamatari’s eldest son, as the branch temple of Myoraku-ji (Tanzan Shrine) in AD 712. Widely known as the masterpiece of Tenpyo era sculpture, wood-core dry lacquer standing statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon (National treasure) is exalted by Tetsuro Watsuji in his book “Koji Junrei” (Ancient temple pilgrimage). Today, it is still enshrined in its form back then. Made in Edo era, a full-scale Koyasu Enmei Jizo principal statue is visited by many who pray for the safe delivery of a child as well as the pregnancy. Located half way up the foot of Tonomine, a whole view of Yamato Basin including Mt. Miwa and Hashihaka Tumulus can be seen from the precinct.

Information

Address
692 Shimo, Sakurai, Nara 633-0042
Access
From Kintetsu Sakurai Station or JR Sakurai Station, take the Nara Kotsu bus for “Tanzan-jinja” and get off at “Shorinji”. It is a short walk from there.
Phone
0744-43-0005 (Japanese only)
Hours
9:00 - 16:30
Holidays
None
Admission
Adults (junior middle school students and above) 400 yen
During the Mandala exhibition in November:
Adults (middle school students and above) 500 yen
Elementary school students 250 yen)
Website
http://www.shorinji-temple.jp/en/