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Asuka-dera

682 Asuka, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun 634-0103, Nara Prefecture
+81 744-54-2126
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About an hour's walk from the train station

One of the must-see places the tourist information person pointed out. A nice, old, 6th-7th... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
DYA717
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Honolulu
Ancient temple - built in the 500's! Oldest Buddha statue

The antiquity of this place boggled my mind. I has easily a 1000 years on most of the historical... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
LaTinoco
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California
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  • Average11%
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“oldest temple” (3 reviews)
“buddha statue” (3 reviews)
“fires” (2 reviews)
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682 Asuka, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun 634-0103, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

One of the must-see places the tourist information person pointed out. A nice, old, 6th-7th century temple. I was out of time so didn't get to look inside.

Thank DYA717
Reviewed 8 October 2017

The antiquity of this place boggled my mind. I has easily a 1000 years on most of the historical sites in Japan, placing most cultural assets in Asuka at 1600 year sold. The temple has been rebuilt, so it doesn't have the 'ruin' one would...More

Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Asuka Temple was included in our coach trip from Nara, otherwise, we would probably never have heard of it. Site of the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, founded at the end of the 6th Century, it houses the oldest bronze statue of Buddha, created at...More

1  Thank Barry C
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

While historically significant...as it claims to be Japan's first Buddhist temple....but other than the bronze Buddha housed inside, just an ordinary temple

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

This is the oldest temple in Japan, the start of Japanese Buddhism and the beginning of the art of Buddha statue construction in Japan by Japanese artists. It was constructed more than 1400 years ago and has endured fires, earthquakes, typhoons and many other tests...More

1  Thank BryanBaier
Reviewed 5 December 2014

It was a hot day when we visited where many young girls gathered and heared from the temple chap.he explained how old the statue was which retrospect over 1400 years ago.the garden was small,surrounded by rice paddies.asuka is nicer than kyoto.

1  Thank NAKAMURATERUHISA
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