Chugu-ji Temple

Chūgū-ji (中宮寺) is a temple in Nara Prefecture, Japan, that was founded as a nunnery in the seventh century by Shōtoku Taishi. Located immediately to the northeast of Hōryū-ji, its statue of Miroku and Tenjukoku mandala are National Treasures. Chūgūji was once the palace of Hashihito, mother of Shōtoku Taishi. After

Hokki-ji Temple

Hokki-ji or Hōki-ji (法起寺, the ‘temple of the Arising Dharma’) – formerly known as Okamoto-dera (岡本寺) and Ikejiri-dera (池後寺) – is a Buddhist temple in Okamoto, Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The temple's honorary sangō prefix is "Kōhonzan" (岡本山), although it is rarely used. The temple was constructed to honor Avalokitesvara, and

Horin-ji Temple

Hōrin-ji (法輪寺, 法琳寺, 法林寺), or Mii-dera (三井寺, 御井寺) is a Buddhist temple in Mii, Ikaruga, Nara, Japan. The temple is located about a kilometer north of Hōryū-ji's Tō-in. The temple's sangō prefix is Myōken-san (妙見山). The origin of the temple is not certain, although there are two prevalent theories, namely that:)

Hirose Taisha Shrine

Hirose Shrine (廣瀬神社 Hirose-jinja), also known as Hirose-taisha, is a Shinto shrine located in Kawai, Nara prefecture, Japan. The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku