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Saidai-ji Temple 【さいだいじ】

Saidai-ji was founded in 765, the first year of the Tempyo Era, by Empress Shotoku. When it was originally constructed, the temple grounds were prosperous, and filled with a great many buildings, but most of these original buildings were destroyed in a fire in 846. During the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), reconstruction was undertaken by Eison, the founder of the Shingon Risshu sect of Buddhism. Despite this, the buildings were lost to fire once again during the Warring States Period (1467-1603). The buildings currently standing within the temple complex (the main hall, Aizen-do Hall, and Shio-do Hall, all Important Cultural Properties) were built during the mid-Edo Period (1603-1868). To this day, the "Great Tea Ceremony," which was begun by Eison centuries ago, remains a popular event at the temple.

Basic Information

Address 1-1-5 Saidai-ji Shiba-cho, Nara 631-0825
Access Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station
Inquiries Tel: +81-742-45-4700 / Fax: +81-742-45-4720
Website 西大寺公式ウェブサイトhttp://saidaiji.or.jp/
Parking Space for 60 cars. Fee: Car: 300 yen, Minibus: 600 yen, Bus: 1,000 yen (Under an hour)

Entrance Fee

Price (Individual) 【 Main hall】
Adults: 400 yen
University Students: 400 yen
High School Students: 350 yen
Middle School Students: 350 yen
Elementary School Students: 200 yen

【Aizen-do Hall, Shio-do Hall, Shuhou-kan Hall (Prices below reflect prices to enter one of these buildings )】
Adults: 300 yen
University Students: 300 yen
High School Students: 300 yen
Middle School Students: 300 yen
Elementary School Students: 200 yen
Price (Group) Adults: 350 yen
University Students: 350 yen
High School Students: 300 yen
Middle School Students: 300 yen
Elementary School Students: 150 yen

Group prices are for groups of 30 or more.
Discount for Disabled Visitors 拝観料:障害者(個人)400円
Hours of Operation 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Main hall, Shio-do hall)
June 1st to September 31st: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.(Aizen-do hall, Tresure house)


Events First Horse Day Festival: First "Day of the Horse" in March
Spring Great Tea Ceremony: Second Sunday (and the day before) in April, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Spring Great Tea Ceremony: January 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kannon Fire Festival: January 18th
Mantra of Light: October 3rd-5th
Autumn Great Tea Ceremony: Second Sunday in October, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Flower-Viewing Linden: June-July
Special Openings Seated statue of Ragaraja: October 25th - November 15th
Seated statue of Ragaraja: January 15th - February 4th


Area Information

Nearby Locations

Toshodai-ji Temple

13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara 630-8032

Yakushi-ji Temple

457, Nshinokyo-cho, Naracity

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