Story of Shorinji Temple
Shorinji is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect. It was established in 712 as a place to pray for the prosperity of the Fujiwara clan, a powerful family closely connected with the imperial court. Due to damage sustained from multiple fires over the centuries, all of Shorinji’s buildings were rebuilt in the eighteenth century. Today, the temple houses a number of treasures, including an eighth-century Eleven-Headed Kannon statue, listed as a National Treasure.
Situated in front of Mt. Ogura, a mountain celebrated in early Japanese literature, Shorinji commands a spectacular view of the ancient region of Yamato, the cradle of Japanese civilization and Buddhism. The Hashihaka burial mound (kofun), thought by some researchers to be that of Queen Himiko, a third-century monarch of the first Japanese dynasty, is visible in the distance. Mt. Miwa, the site of Omiwa Jinja, one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, lies to the east of the tomb.
- 692 Shimo, Sakurai, Nara 633-0042 , Japan
- Tel: 0744-43-0005
- Visiting Information
Hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.
* Open throughout the year.
- General Entrance Fee:
Adults (Junior High School Students and Older) 400 yen
Elementary School Students 200 yen
Groups (30 people or more) 360 yen
- During Public Display of Mandala in November:
Adults (Junior High School Students and Older) 500 yen
Elementary School Students 250 yen
Groups (30 people or more) 450 yen
- Access Information
- 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.