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The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture
Learn the ancient history of Japan
The Archaeological Institute of Kashihara is the largest and oldest archaeological institute in Japan. The museum annexed to the Institute mainly displays artifacts excavated since 1938. A report of the latest excavation research results over the past year is shown at its summer event "Yamato wo Horu", (Excavating in Yamato). The feature display at the museum is a decorated sword and other swords excavated from Fujinoki Burial Mound.
tel0744-24-1185 / 9:00 - 17:00 / Closed on Mondays (or the following Tuesday if the Monday falls on a national holiday)
accessA 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Unebi Goryo Mae Station / A 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu Mae Station

Abeno Monjuin Temple
Monju Bosatsu Buddha Statue, the largest of its kind in Japan
Known as the largest Monju Bosatsu in Japan, 7m in height, is a statue of the Boddhisattva Monju riding on a gigantic lion. Monju Bosatsu is a symbol of divine wisdom. Abeno Monjuin Temple, otherwise known by the more familiar name of "Abeno Monju San," is one of the three major Monju temples in Japan. The other two are "Kirido no Monju" in Amanohasidate, Kyoto Pref. and "Kameoka Monju" in Yamagata Pref. Because Monju is a symbol of wisdom, the temple is visited by many students wishing to pass the high school entrance exam.
tel0744-43-0002 / 9:00 - 17:00 / Open 7 days a week
admissionadmission700 (Maccha green powder tea and Japanese confectionary included)
accessA 20-minute walk from JR and Kintetsu Sakurai Station or Take bus No. 35 or 36 from JR / Kintetsu Sakurai Station and get off at Abeno Monjuin Mae.

Tanzan Shrine
Magnificent shrine buildings surrounded by beautiful colored maple leaves
The vermilion shrine buildings are beautifully set in the thick forest surrounding them. A thirteen-story pagoda approx. 17m in height is located in the sanctuary. It is a famous sightseeing spot for autumn leaves, as approx. 3,000 maple trees grow in the sanctuary.
tel0744-49-0001 / 9:00 - 16:30 / Open 7 days a week
admissionAdmission fee : admission500
accessTake bus No. 4 from JR or Kintetsu Sakurai Station and get off at Tanzan Jinja. A 5-minute walk from the bus stop
accessMajor events : Spring Kemari (ball kicking) Festival (April.29) ; Fall Kemari Festival (November 3)

Shorinji Temple
Jizo deity of safe delivery and child-birth
"Koyasu Enmei Jizo" is worshipped here as a Jizo of safe delivery and child-birth. The Jizo statue in this temple is made of stone, the largest of its kind in the Yamato (Nara) area. It receives a large number of worshippers every day. The temple is also the home of a "Juichimen (eleven faced) Kannon" statue that has ten faces on the top of its main face, which is seen as a masterpiece of sculpture from the Tenpyo Period in the 8th century. It is designated as a national treasure.
tel0744-43-0005 / 9:00 - 16:30 / Open 7 days a week
access Take bus No. 12 or 14 from JR or Kintetsu Sakurai Station and get off at Shorinji Mae. A 3-minute walk from the bus stop
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