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The first full-scale Buddhist temple in Japan
Asuka-dera Temple

Built in 596 by Soga no Umako, the protector of Buddhism, this is Japan's first full-scale Buddhist temple. The initial construction was done "garan haichi" monastery style with the three main halls surrounding the tower, while presently the cornerstones of the tower and halls remain. The principal object of worship, a bronze statue of the seated Buddha (an important cultural property), is also called by the name of "Asuka Daibutsu" and is known to be the oldest statue of Buddha in Japan (photography allowed).

Address : 682 Asuka, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun

  • Osaka Abenobashi
  • Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line
    About 40 min
  • Asuka Station
  • Asuka Tour Bus "Akakame"
    About 25 min
  • Asuka Daibutsu-mae
  • Walk
  • Asuka-dera Temple