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Muro-ji Temple (Nyonin Koya)

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There are a few theories as to how Muro-ji was founded. The mountain Muro-yama itself, where the temple stands, has been the object of worship since ancient times. It is also said that the temple was built on this land in the 8th century after five monks offered a prayer on the mountain for the Crown Princes illness to be cured, and this had proved to be very successful. Since then, the temple has played a great role in the world of Buddhism as a place that welcomes monks from various Buddhist denominations. They come to develop their understanding of Buddhism.In contrast to Koya-san -- a place for Buddhist training to which only men were admitted -- Muro-ji welcomed female students of Buddhism as well. It was fondly called the "Women's Koya-san." The buildings of the main hall and nave, the statue of the eleven-faced Kannon, and the wooden statue of Shaka Nyorai are designated National Treasures.'

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Address: 78 Murou, Uda-shi, Nara
Admission Fee: 600 yen (regular fee)

[Bus]Kintetsu Muroguchi-Ono Stn./Bus/20-min. ride/Muro-ji-mae Stop/5-min. walk

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