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Abe Monju-in Temple
Abe Monju-in, built in 645 by the order of Emperor Kotoku, is the oldest temple in Japan and serves as a special head temple of the Todaiji branch of the Kegon sect. Its principal image is a 7-meter tall Monju statue which is said to be the largest in Japan and has been designated as a National Treasure. The Japanese saying "out of the counsel of three comes the wisdom of Monju" (two heads are better than one) comes from Monju. Abe Monju-in is a large temple that has flourished since its establishment and has many believers all over Japan.
645 Abe, Sakurai, Nara
¥700 (Special ticket: ¥1200)
9:00 - 16:30
A temple dedicated to monju which is the origin of Japan's oldest saying.
5 minutes from Sakurai Station on JR Line or Kintetsu Railway.
20 minutes from Katsuragi IC on Minami-Hanna Road.
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