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Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Muroji Temple 室生寺

A mountainside temple with a beautiful pagoda

Muro-ji Temple stands on Muro Mountain, where it has drawn the devoted for hundreds of years, despite being in an extremely remote location with limited access. Nestled in the trees is Muro-ji's ancient five story pagoda.

Experience the magical charm of the gorgeous temple, while soaking in the woodland atmosphere of a dense mountain forest.

Don't Miss

  • The tiniest five-storey pagoda in Japan
  • Explore the forest surrounding the temple
  • A trip to "woman's Koyasan"

How to Get There

Muro-ji is in a remote part of western Nara Prefecture, near the border with Mie Prefecture. Access to Muro-ji Temple is easiest from Kyoto or Osaka, via Muroguchi-Ono Station on the Kintetsu Line.

To get to Muroguchi-Ono Station from Kyoto, take the Kintetsu Line Yamato-Yagi (limited express). It will take one hour and 20 minutes. From Osaka, travel from Uehonmachi Station to Muro-guchi Ono Station by Kintetsu Osaka Line. It takes one hour.

From Muro-guchi Ono Station, Muro-ji temple can easily be accessed by bus or taxi. Take one of the hourly buses from Muroguchi-Ono Station to Muroji-mae bus stop. The temple itself is quite remote, and the most distant part of the temple requires a bit of a walk to access.

Quick Facts

The temple has welcomed monks of many different denominations

Muro-ji holds a number of National Treasures, such as the statue of the eleven-faced Kannon and a wooden statue of Shaka Nyorai

The pagoda at Muro-ji Temple

A temple for everyone

At a time when access to Buddhist training was mainly restricted to men, Muro-ji was far more egalitarian. In fact, the temple began accepting female worshippers duiring the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). This earned it the nickname of the "woman's Koyasan," after the famous men-only monastery on Mount Koya.

Today, the tranquil temple maintains its welcoming atmosphere of days' past. All visitors are invited to stroll the grounds of the temple and take in the natural beauty. Perhaps as a tribute to its history, even today, around 80% of its visitors are female.

Entrance to Muro-ji Temple in fall

Worship is in its nature

This temple is the perfect place to explore when you want to get back to nature. The dense forest that surrounds you will strike any visitor with its beauty. As you look through the canopies, take notice of how well the wooden temple structures blend in with the surrounding woodland and wilderness.

Rhododendrons at Muro-ji

Muro-ji is particularly well known for its beautiful spring flowers. At the peak of the rhododendron season, the temple is awash with glorious pink blooms.

After enjoying the grounds, don't forget to visit the National Treasures contained within the buildings. Enjoying both the beauty inside the temple, and its stunning natural surroundings will guarantee a fabulous day.

Plan to spend a full day to luxuriate in the experience of the temple and its surrounding forest environment.

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