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Tanzan Shrine, Sakurai

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Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Tanzan Shrine , also known as the Danzan Shrine, the and the, is a Shinto shrine in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan.HistoryThe shrine traces its origin to a Tendai temple built in the Asuka period (538 - 710) called Tōnomine-ji, built by the monk Jo'e (643 - 666). Jo'e was the oldest son of Fujiwara no Kamatari (614 - 669), founder of the Fujiwara clan. Jo'e located the temple on Tōnomine, a peak of on the southern side of Mount Goharetsu (619m). Jo'e moved the remains of Kamatari to a 13-story pagoda on the site. The emperors Daigo (884 - 930) and Go-Hanazono (1419 - 1471) attached special reverence to the temple, and bestowed it with various honorifics.Under shinbutsu-shūgō, a system of syncretism of Buddhism and kami worship, the site was both a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple. The Tanzan Shrine and Tōnomine-ji coexisted on the same site. Tōnomine-ji had two subtemples located within its precincts, and. The shrine received significant financial support from the Tokugawa bakufu during the Edo period (1603 - 1868).
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  • I cannot understand why the Tanzan Jinja and pagoda are not covered by the Nara coach tours. We first saw the 13 storey pagoda mentioned in a JR magazine, but the Nara tourist office had no...  more »
  • We were lucky that our friend picked us up and drove us here, deep into the mountains of Sakurai city. Even though he lives in this area he had never visited before so it was a first time experience....  more »
  • Simply breath taking foliage. The place is 30 min bus ride from Sakurai station. The bus runs only once every hour (or less). Expect some stairs, as the shrine is located in the mountain. 13 storied pagoda built in 7th Century is uniquely elegant. Also known for late blooming Sakura, cherry blossoms.
  • Most beautiful autumn colours ever. A wonderful place.

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