Hannyaji Temple

Category: Shrine / temple
Area: Nara-shi

Hannyaji Temple

Hannyaji Temple is located in Nara city, northern Nara Prefecture. It is Japan's oldest hotspot of cosmos flowers, and is known as the "cosmos temple".

It is said that this temple was built by Ekan, a monk who came from Kokuri (former name for South Korea) in 629 and enshrined the Monju Bodhisattva statue. The tower gate that was built during the Kamakura era, and the Monju Bodhisattva statue are respectively designated a national treasure, and an important cultural property. Hannyaji Temple is a famous temple for beautiful seasonal flowers such as Japanese globeflower in spring, hydrangea in summer, and daffodils in winter. Among them, the cosmos flowers that bloom during summer and autumn time are a must-see. About 30,000 cosmos in the early summer, and 150,000 in autumn time decorate the temple grounds in pink, red, white and yellow.

At Hannyaji Temple's back gate is the Uemura Farm, where you can taste fresh milk and enjoy delicious ice cream made from it. 

Basic Information

 221 Hannyaji, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
09:00〜17:00 (16:30 last entry)
Adult: 500 yen
Middle and High school students: 200 yen
Elementary school student: 100 yen
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  • FromJR Nara Station
    Nara Kotsu scheduled bus, bound for the Aoyama housing area → Hannyaji bus stop→ 3 minute walk.
Category: Shrine / temple
Area: Nara-shi