According to the temple legend, Hannyaji teple was founded in 629 by a Goguryeo monk, Ekan, who built a temple on this site. After that, in the era of Emperor Shomu in 735, it is said that temple buildings were built to protect Heijokyo's demon gate (an unlucky quarter).
Today, the temple retains the Romon gate (National Treasure), which has an elegant architectural style from the Kamakura period.
The temple is also famous for its flowers, and the hydrangea in early summer and the cosmos in early summer and autumn are especially worth visiting.
|Address||221 Hannyaji-cho, Nara City|
|Access||Take a bus bound for Kunimidai 8-chome (Narazaka) and Aoyama-jutaku (approx. 12 minutes bus-ride), and get off at Hannyaji bus stop, then take a walk for 5 minutes|
|Inquiries||0742-22-6287 （般若寺） FAX：0742-22-7257|
|Price (Individual)||Adults 500 yen
Junior and high school students 200 yen
Elementary school children 100 yen
|Price (Group)||Group rates available for a group of 20 or more|
|Discount for Disabled Visitors||なし|
|Senior Discount||奈良市 ななまるカード（老春手帳）持参で割引（本人のみ）|
|Hours of Operation||9a.m. – 5 p.m.（Last admission 4:30 p.m.）|
|Flower-Viewing||Kerria japonica： mid April
Hydrangea： mid June
Early cosmos： June
Narcissus： mid December