Akishinodera Temple 秋篠寺
A peaceful garden with historically significant statues
Akinoshinodera Temple, built around 780 by the Emperor Konin and rebuilt following a series of fires in the 13th century, is most famous for its serene moss garden.
- The noteworthy moss garden
- The temple main hall's traditional Wayo architecture
- The 25 statues of religious importance, including a special patron of the arts
How to Get There
Akinoshinodera can be reached by bus or train.
The temple is a 15-minute walk from Shin-Omiya Station on the Kintetsu Nara line.
Visitors coming from Nara can also take a bus from Kintetsu Nara Station, Nara Station or Yamatosaidaiji Station. The closest bus stop to Akishinodera is Hokkejimae.
The temple is best known for its natural setting, highlighted by the verdant moss garden. Working in tandem with the wooded landscape, the garden accentuates its surroundings.
The main hall
The main hall, known as the Hondo, is considered a masterpiece of the Wayo style of architecture. This style gives the hall its distinctive look, featuring a sloped roof and an earthern floor.
The combination of the Wayo architecture and the lush trees nearby make the temple particularly photogenic.
500 years of creation
Of the 25 statues at Akishinodera, the most noteworthy is of Gigeiten, the patron god of the arts. Many aspiring artists visit the statue every year to receive a blessing.
The head of the Gigeiten statue dates back to the 800s, while its body was constructed in the 13th century. Even though the two parts were made 500 years apart, they exist in perfect aesthetic harmony. Because of its age and artistic beauty, the statue is designated one of Japan's Important Cultural Properties.