Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kokubunji Temple

There is also a beautiful gingko tree here.

Situated just 5 minutes walk from the Station, this is the oldest temple in Takayama. It was originally built in 746 by Emperor Shomu as one of several provincial temples dedicated to the peace of the nation but the original temple was burnt down. The oldest surviving building, the wooden Main Hall, dates from the 16th century. The three-storied pagoda was constructed in 1821 and standing by it is a gingko tree said to be 1,200 years old. Among the temple’s treasures are a precious sword said to have belonged to the Heike family and Heian-period wooden status of Yakushi Nyorai and Kannon.Open 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. daily, except January 1. Admission:¥300

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