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Oldest statue of Buddha

This temple contains an ancient wooden statue of Buddha. Photos are allowed. In the courtyard there... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
New York City, New York
The oldest Buddha statue in Japan

This is impressive place, considering that the Buddha statue has survived the first shrine, and a... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
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682 Asuka, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun 634-0103, Nara Prefecture
+81 744-54-2126
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

This temple contains an ancient wooden statue of Buddha. Photos are allowed. In the courtyard there is also an old bell and you are allowed to strike it once per person. Peaceful atmosphere.

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 27 April 2018

This is impressive place, considering that the Buddha statue has survived the first shrine, and a new shrine was built around the surviving statue.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  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

Date of experience: May 2017
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

Date of experience: May 2016
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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

Date of experience: July 2015
2  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.

Date of experience: September 2014
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