Chugu-ji

Chugu-ji is believed to be built by the most famous imperial family, Shotoku-taishi or his mother. Only the main hall is open to the public, where you can see Bosatsu-Hankazo, a wooden Buddha statue designated as a National Treasure. This statue’s smile is considered to be one of the three great smiles in the art world, along with the Great Sphinx of Egypt and the Mona Liza of Leonard da Vinci. The expression is very calm and looks nothing like any Buddha statues in other temples. Unknowingly, you will feel like smiling and make you feel better.

Address
1-1-2 Horyujikita, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara
Contact No.
+81-745-75-2106
Access
From JR Horyu-ji Station, take NC bus bound for Horyu-ji monzen. Ride for about 4 minutes and get off at Chugu-ji mae bus stop. Walk for 5 minutes.
Opening Hours / Holidays
9:00-16:30 (closes at 16:00 from Oct 1 to March 20)
Open all year round
Official Website
http://www.chuguji.jp/index.html
Time Required
30 minutes
Admission fee
Adults 600 yen, junior high school students 450 yen, elementary school students 300 yen

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Bosatsu-Hankazo

As soon as you enter the main hall, Bosatsu-Hankazo shows itself right in front of you. Some say that the model for this statue was the mother of Shotoku-taishi. Although the statue was made 1400 years ago, you might feel a sense of familiarity with it. Definitely worth a visit!

Source:黙翁日録

Tenjukoku Mandala Shucho

There is one more rare item in the main hall. It is called Tenjukoku Mandala Shucho. Said to be the oldest embroidery of the world, its patterns depict heaven. It is an unbelievably delicate piece of work for something made such a long time ago. (The one displayed in the main hall is a replica, the original is stored at the Nara National Museum.)

Source:wikipedia

Main Hall

The main hall is a modern Japanese architectural structure built in 1968. There is a small bridge over a pond in front of the main hall which entices and invites you to Bosatsu-Hankazo who awaits in the main hall.

Chugu-ji

Chugu-ji is believed to be built by the most famous imperial family, Shotoku-taishi or his mother. Only the main hall is open to the public, where you can see Bosatsu-Hankazo, a wooden Buddha statue designated as a National Treasure. This statue’s smile is considered to be one of the three great smiles in the art world, along with the Great Sphinx of Egypt and the Mona Liza of Leonard da Vinci. The expression is very calm and looks nothing like any Buddha statues in other temples. Unknowingly, you will feel like smiling and make you feel better.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Bosatsu-Hankazo

As soon as you enter the main hall, Bosatsu-Hankazo shows itself right in front of you. Some say that the model for this statue was the mother of Shotoku-taishi. Although the statue was made 1400 years ago, you might feel a sense of familiarity with it. Definitely worth a visit!

Source:黙翁日録

Tenjukoku Mandala Shucho

There is one more rare item in the main hall. It is called Tenjukoku Mandala Shucho. Said to be the oldest embroidery of the world, its patterns depict heaven. It is an unbelievably delicate piece of work for something made such a long time ago. (The one displayed in the main hall is a replica, the original is stored at the Nara National Museum.)

Source:wikipedia

Main Hall

The main hall is a modern Japanese architectural structure built in 1968. There is a small bridge over a pond in front of the main hall which entices and invites you to Bosatsu-Hankazo who awaits in the main hall.

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