All Temples in Nara

Nara Temples

Guide to Nara Temples including all the popular temples in Nara. Most temples in Japan are  Buddhist Temples. There are some very old Japanese Temple which were established over 1,200 years ago. Today some of these very old wooden temple buildings still survive, however many have been destroyed by lightning, fire, earthquakes, storms or war and have been rebuilt over the years. Still many of these rebuilt temple buildings are hundreds of years old. Many of these very old Japanese Temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Enjo-ji Temple

    Enjo-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in north eastern Nara. Enjo-ji Temple is believed to have been established in 756AD. The two oldest structures at Enjo-ji Temple, which are both designated Important Cultural Properties, are the two story gate built in 1468 and the Hondo in Read more [...]

  • Favorite

    Todaiji Temple – Nandaimon Gate

    Nandaimon Gate is the Great Southern Gate for Todaiji Temple. Nandaimon Gate is around 400m south of the main Todaiji Temple and today almost appears to be a separate structure by itself. Nandaimon Gate, being part of Todaiji Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the Read more [...]

  • Favorite

    Yata-dara Temple

    Yata-dara Temple is a Buddhist temple, also know as Yatasan- Kongosenji Temple is famous for its hillside gardens full of hydrangeas. Yata-dara Temple is in Nara.

  • Favorite

    Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara, which is famous for being the world’s largest wooden building, which houses Japan’s largest statue of Buddha and the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. Todaiji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Read more [...]

  • Favorite

    Toshodaiji Temple

    Toshodaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara, that is the head temple in Japan of the Ritsu-shi sect of Buddhism. Toshodaiji Temple has many buildings dating back to 759 that are National Treasures. Toshodaiji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Read more [...]

  • Favorite

    Yakushiji Temple

    Yakushiji Temple is one of the most famous imperial and ancient Buddhist temples in Japan, in Nara. Yakushiji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.

  • Favorite

    Nigatsudo Temple

    Nigatsudo Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is part of a sub temple complex which is within the Todaiji Temple complex. Nigatsudo Temple is to the east of the Great Buddha Hall on the side of Mount Wakakusa in Nara Park where it provides a great view across the valley Read more [...]

  • Favorite

    Saidaiji Temple

    Saidaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect which is in Nara. Saidaiji Temple means Great Western Temple as it is to the west of its counterpart Todaiji Temple. Saidaiji Temple was established in 765AD.

  • Favorite

    Kofukuji – Hoku-endo Temple

    Hoku-endo Temple is the Northern Octagonal Hall which was completed in 721 at the request of Empress Genmeiand to mark the first year since the death of Fujiwara Fuhito. The current building is a reconstruction completed around 1210. Hoku-endo Temple is part of the Kofukuji Temple.

  • Favorite

    Kofukuji Temple

    Kofukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara. Kofukuji Temple is a large temple complex featuring two pagodas plus many National Tresures and Important Cultural Properties. Kofukuji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.