One of Japan’s Most Scenic Temples All to Yourself
In the stillness of night, a sacred and ethereally beautiful experience awaits
If you have ever wanted to experience a Japanese temple without the crowds, Tsubosaka-dera in Nara Prefecture offers a magical and exclusive experience with a deep dive into history and spirituality. Tsubosaka-dera temple traces its history to the 8th century, when Nara City to the north served as Japan’s first capital. This hillside sanctuary has traditionally been known as a place of healing but it’s also supremely picturesque—it has eye-popping views of the cherry blossom forests of Mt. Yoshino which explode in color in springtime.
After closing hours, a monk will take you on an exclusive tour of this magnificent site. Highlights include the thousand-armed Senju Kannon statue enshrined in the octagonal Hakkaden Hall, which dates to the Edo period (1603–1867). You’ll learn about the temple’s history, don traditional dress, take part in a Buddhist prayer session, and receive a good-luck talisman.
Group reservations are also welcome.
3 Tsubosaka, Takatori-cho, Takaichi-gun, Nara-ken
approx. 120 min. or more