Okadera Temple

Its formal name is Ryugai-ji.
There is a pond called Ryugai-ike which is said to have a dragon sealed within in the grounds.
The principle object of worship is the Cintamani-cakra bodhisattva sedentary statue (Important Cultural Property), which is the largest earthen statue in Japan. In the spring, 3000 rhododendrons color the grounds.

  • Entrance fee: 300 yen
  • Closed: Open all year, excluding cases of special circumstances
  • Open hours: March 1-November 30: 8:00~17:00; December 1 – End of February: 8:00~16:30

Tachibanadera Temple

tachibanaSaid to be the birthplace of Umayadonooji/Prince Shotoku Taishi, this is one of the 7 temples built by him.
We know that it was built in 680 through fire records. There is also a stone which possesses two faces–one good and one evil.

  • Entrance fee: 350 yen
  • Closed: Open all year, excluding cases of special circumstances
  • Open hours: 9:00~17:00

Asukadera Temple

asuka01Built from the end of the 6th century to the start of the 7th century with the prayer of Soga no Umako, it is Japan’s oldest full-fledged Buddhist Temple.
The copper Shakanyorai sedentary statue (Important Cultural Property) is the principle object of worship and is known by the popular name “Asuka Daibutsu”.

  • Entrance fee: 350 yen
  • Closed: April 7-April 9
  • Open hours: April 1 – September 30: 9:00~17:30; October 1-March 31: 9:00~17:00