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Hase-dera Temple, Sakurai

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Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Inspect the 11-headed, gilded wooden statue of the goddess Kannon at Hase-dera Temple. One of the largest in Japan, and reputedly carved in 721 CE, the 9.18 m (30 ft) idol remains one of the main draws of this Buddhist temple, along with the striking architecture and museum of the temple's artifacts (including more statues). Explore the seven buildings of this mountainside pilgrimage site, which also has a lengthy underground tunnel. Enjoy peaceful reflection in the picturesque gardens, meditating over the peaceful koi ponds and year-round splendor. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Sakurai holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Hase-dera Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • what a peaceful place ! I have been there with my wife. Weather was bad but we enjoyed a lot. Highly Recommending.  more »
  • After four trips to Japan and more temples than I can remember, this one is definitely in my top five list. Getting there from Kyoto involved three train changes, but it was easier than it sounds and....  more »

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