Kairyuouji Temple

An original temple of sutra copying also features prayer for safe travel and overseas study

An original temple of sutra copying also features prayer for safe travel and overseas study

Empress Komyo reconstructed a temple, which was built in the Asuka period enshrining Bishamonten (Vaisravana), as Kairyuouji Temple in 731. Genbo, who returned safely from China in the storm as a Kento-shi (Japanese envoy to Tang Dynasty China), became the first chief priest of the temple. This is why the temple became a place of prayer for safe voyage for envoys as well as a place for training in the national capital of Heijokyo. The five-storied small pagada (National Treasure) in Saikondo hall (Important Cultural Property) and the hall itself were built from the beginning of the foundation in the precincts.

 

It is known as the original temple of sutra copying as well as a temple of prayer for safe travel and overseas study.

Information

Address
897, Hokkeji Kitamachi, Nara-City, Nara, 630-8001
Access
15-minute walk from Kintetsu Shin-omiya Station.
Near Hokkejimae bus stop, which can be reached from Kintetsu Yamatosaidaiji Station on the bus bound for JR/Kintetsu Nara Station.
Phone
0742-33-5765
Hours
9:00-16:30 (During special exhibition 9:00 - 17:00)
Holidays
None
Admission
Adults 500 yen, high school and junior high students 200 yen, elementary school students 100 yen
During special exhibition period: Adults 600 yen, high school and junior high students 300 yen, elementary school students 100 yen.
Website
https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/C02226/