World Heritage / Yakushiji in Nara

Today, we introduce Yakushi-ji Temple (Nishinokyo, Nara City), which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998 as a cultural property of the ancient capital Nara.

Yakushiji Temple is a request of Emperor Tenmu, and it is said that the one built in Fujiwarakyo of Asuka was relocated to the present Nishinokyo after the capital of Heijo. It is about 20km in a straight line distance.

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Located in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture, Fujiwara-kyo Yakushiji Temple is called “Honyakushiji Temple” to distinguish it from “Yakushiji Temple in Nishinokyo”,and some of the cornerstones of the main hall of a temple still remain.

In the vicinity designated as a special historic site as Honyakushiji Temple, the flowers of the water hyacinth bloom from the end of August to September every year, making it a shooting spot that many people visit.

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Yakushiji Temple February World Heritage Site

Yakushiji World Heritage Site

Yakushiji Temple and West tower.

The west tower was destroyed by the civil war in 1528, and the present tower was rebuilt in 1981 with traditional style and technique.

The person who rebuilt the main hall and the west tower of Yakushiji Temple is Mr. Tsunekazu Nishioka, a shrine carpenter dedicated to Horyuji.He is the author of “Learn to The Tree” who introduced the book before, and he is a craftsman who was made to work in the field since elementary school with the instructions of his grandfather, and thoroughly trained his skills as a carpenter.

When Mr. Nishioka was rebuilding the main hall and West tower of Yakushiji Temple, many scholars suggested modern architectural methods and methods, such as efficiency and ease of procurement.

Mr. Nishioka, who has many years of experience and extensive knowledge as a shrine carpenter, did not take a step back from traditional styles and techniques, and he had a fierce fight with scholars.In the end, it is recorded that the repair was completed through the theory.

The building itself seems to be the same, but I think it is very significant that Nishioka preserved the traditional styles and techniques.

When you know the background of top athletes, you can see various hardships and efforts.When you stand in front of the main hall and the west tower of Yakushiji, you can feel the thoughts and spirit of the craftsmen.

“In the reconstruction of main hall and the west tower, craftsmen and scholars were very serious.”

When you visit the temple, if you can hear the story of the reconstruction of the main hall and the west tower of Yakushiji and the human drama for one to two minutes, I think we feel that the charm to the temple and the historical building increases.

Yakushiji World Heritage Site

Plum blossoms and Yakushiji Temple and Totou.

The demolition and repair business, which began in 2009, is nearing completion.

The tip part called ”Sorin” is also the place where repair and reproduction have been made.

This time, the reproductions in the ”Sorin” are a wide range of shapes, such as copper, tin, zinc, lead, etc. included in the material, and wavy shape, from the appearance that changed over time.

A part of the ”Sorin”,, the so-called water smoke of red circle, is about 2 meters high and consists of 4 pieces, and it has a beautiful design with 24 people blowing a whistle.

It is surprising that four pieces of water smoke with a weight of 100kg/pcs were assembled without using bolts.

Yakushiji World Heritage Site

Yakushiji Temple was built in Fujiwarakyo in Asuka, and was relocated to present-day Nishinokyo in the early 8th century.

Yakushiji World Heritage Site

It is a main hall where the statue of Honzon Yakushi Sanzon (national treasure) which is one of the best masterpieces of the Nara period.

The statue of Yakushi Sanzon is the Yakushi Nyorai, which saves the people from disease, the Nikko Bosatsu, which shines on a thousand lights and repels darkness, and the Moonlight Bosatsu which gives people heals with the clean light of the moon.Both Nikko Bosatsu and Moonlight Bosatsu are supporters of the Yakushi Nyorai, and they always protect the Yakushi Nyorai in pairs.

Yakushiji Temple was built to pray for Emperor Jito of her health. Yakushi Nyorai is “The Yakushi Nyorai which saves the people from the disease”.The beauty of the Buddha statue is truly stunning, and you can feel the strength of Emperor Tenmu’s thoughts.

Yakushiji World Heritage Site

The large auditorium was rebuilt in 2003.

With a front of 41m, a depth of 20 m and a height of 17 m, it is the largest building.If you compare it with the person in the center left, you can feel the size of the space and the building.

In the building of the Large Auditorium, the statue of the bronze three buddhas (important cultural property) is enshrined, but it is not understood where the statue was originally at the time of production.

And before the reconstruction of the grand auditorium, it was called as “Yakushi Sanzon” which is the same as the main hall, but after the reconstruction, it call as “Miroku Sanzon”.

“Yakushi” and “Miroku”
“Yakushi” that saves people from disease, “Miroku” will appear in the future and become a Buddha who rescues people.

It is also healed by the scent of incense incense drifting in the precincts.

Yakushiji Temple, a World Heritage Site, if we could take photos of different seasons, we will updated, so please try to access “Kyoto World Heritage Site” again. Thank you!

[Visit place] Yakushi-ji Temple / 457 Nishinokyo-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
[Admission] Adults 800 yen, middle and high school students 500 yen, elementary school students 200 yen (excluding event period)
[Admission time] 8:30 am-17:00 (Reception until 16:30)
[Parking] Private toll parking nearby
[Access] 1 minute walk from Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station


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