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Saidai-ji Temple, Toshodai-ji Temple and Yakushi-ji Temple of the Tempyo Period (Nishinokyo, Nara)

Nishinokyo (literally meaning the “western palace”) gets its name from being to the right or west of the Heijo-kyo Palace in today’s western suburbs of Nara City. It refers to the area on the west bank of the Akishino River and encompasses sights such as Yakushi-ji Temple, Toshodai-ji Temple, the Tomb of the Emperor Suinin, Kiko-ji Temple, Sugawara-jinja Shrine and Saidai-ji Temple. Also, the kilns of Akahada-yaki ceramics were found in the foothills.


1.Kintetsu Amagatsuji Station
2.Sugawara-tenmangu Shrine
This shrine honors the 9th century scholar/statesmen Michizane Sugawara as the god of academics.
3.Kiko-ji Temple
This old temple is also known as Sugawara-dera.
4.Tumulus of the Emperor Suinin
5.Toshodai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple Built by Wajo Ganjin, this temple exhibits the representative architecture of the Tempyo Period.
6.Ganko Ittetsunagaya
This quaint street of rowhouses feature 6 ateliers that carry on traditional handicrafts developed over a long period of time in the Yamato area.
7.Yakushi-ji Temple
The Emperor Tenmu built Yakushi-ji Temple in Kiyomuhara, Asuka (now Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture) to pray for his wife's (Empress Jito) recovery from illness.
8.Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station