UNESCO site and one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara, Kofukuji was built in 710, which is the same time Nara was made capital of Japan. The temple had belonged to the Fujiwara clan, and it is said that at the height of their power, Kofukuji Temple was made up of over 150 buildings. Unfortunately, today only a few of these buildings remain, but they are all worth visiting. Even Kofukuji’s main building, the Central Golden Hall...Read More
"Horyu-ji Temple" （法隆寺） Historical landmark designated as a World Cultural structure, oldest wooden structures on earth
Horyu-ji Temple is located in Ikaruga-cho in the northwestern part of Nara Prefecture, and it’s sometime called Ikaruga-dera Temple. The temple’s pagoda is acknowledged the oldest wooden buildings exist on earth. There are many tructures remain from the Asuka era in 7th century. Five Story Pagoda(Goju-no-to) standing next to the Kondo is the one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and stands at 122 feet in...Read More
The world famouse Todai-ji Temple for its “Daibutsuden Hall” which is the world’s largest wooden structure, and the home of the popular “Great Buddha of Nara” . This gigantic, world largest bronze statue is 15m(49 feet) tall and weighs approximately 250 tonnes. Todai-ji temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains various pavilions and halls, including many designated as national trearues of...Read More
‘Kofun’, an ancient burial mound in Japan created from the third century through the sixth century, that is a grave of rulers of various parts of the country, is various in such shapes as round, square and keyhole.
The number of Japan’s ancient burial mounds is roughly estimated some two hundred thousands and five thousands of them are keyhole shaped mounds. These kinds of burial mounds can be seen in Korea, however the characteristics found in Japan are the keyhole shaped design and the hugeness. Many of this typical designed huge mounds are thought to be mausoleums of the late emperors and their consorts. The largest burial mound in the...Read More
A ‘Hasu’, lotus flower, is thought to be the ideal of the Buddhist because the flower is prettily in bloom without stains in a dirty and muddy field.
The Buddhism teaches people should live like a lotus, having a beautiful and pure mind, even though this world is filled with social vices. This is a reason why almost every temple has a pond with lotuses growing in it to indicate the right way of their life to the believers. Strictly speaking, not only temples but also shrines are equipped with the similar ponds as the traces that temples and shrines were syncretized by the end of...Read More
‘Yakushi-ji’ in Nara is the main temple the ‘Hosso’ sect, with two brilliant pagodas working as accessaries for a main hall of the temple, which is called the ‘Yakushi-ji’ style arrangement.
Yakushi-ji’ temple was originally built in Kashiwara City in Nara Prefecture, then capital ‘Fujiwara-kyo’, at a votive wish of Emperor Temmu for the recovery of his consort’s illness. After that, it was moved to the current place in the 8th century going with the relocation of the capital from ‘Fujiwara-kyo’ to ‘Heijo-kyo’ in Nara. The East Pagoda is the only one original structure of...Read More