Taimadera Temple (Taimadera)
Taimadera Temple was built in the Hakuho era. The main image of Buddha at first was Miroku Buddha in Kondo Hall, however, now the center of worship is Taima Mandala in the main hall. The temple consists of 13 temple buildings including Okunoin, Seinanin, Gonenin and Nakanobo. It has inherited many treasures such as images of Buddha, Buddhist paintings and craft products, many of which are national treasures and important cultural properties.
The welcoming party of 25 Buddhas (Nijyugobosatsuraigoe) on May 14 is famous as the Taima parade (Taimaoneri), an event to reproduce a legend of Chujyohime, who is believed to have become a Buddha while she was still alive. It is also the time for the peonies to bloom, and the temple gets extremely popular. The two pagodas on the east and the west side of the Taimadera Temple are placed in the style of Yakushiji Temple (Yakushijishikigaran). Taimadera Temple is the only temple in Japan that has the original pair of pagodas erected as they were.
The Main Temples:
Inner Temple (Okunoin Temple)
It is situated at the west end of the temple. Garden of Pure Land (Jyodo Garden) is the largest garden representing the paradise shown in Taima Mandala. There are peonies, colored leaves, and other flowers bloom throughout the year.
South-West Temple (Sainanin Temple)
It originated as a guardian temple of the back gate. Three Gods of Mercy (kannons) are worshipped in the main hall. In the garden made in early Edo era, one can enjoy the beautiful sound of suikinkutsu.
Praying Temple (Gonenin Temple)
It is said to have been the residence of Chujyo-hime. On May 14, the day of the parade, people get dressed as 25 Buddhas. This temple preserves the masks and costumes of Buddhas.
Middle Temple (Nakanobo Temple)
It is the oldest temple in Taimadera Temple, and is the place of faith in the main image, the leading Buddha. It abounds in cultural properties such as Koguen, one of the best gardens in Yamato, loved by Emperor Gosai (1637 - 1685), and a tea ceremony house with a round window.
Address: 1263 Taima, Katsuragi City
Access: 15 minutes’ walk from the Taimadera Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line
Hours open: AM9:00 - PM5:00
Entrance fee: 500yen for three halls (Main Hall, Kondo Hall and Kodo Hall)
Nakanobo Temple 500yen for adults (junior high school students and older)
250yen for elementary school students
Sainanin Temple: 300yen for adults, 150yen for elementary school students
Okunoin Temple: 300yen for adults (500yen together with Homotsukan), 150yen for elementary school students
Gonenin Temple: 300yen for adults, 150yen for elementary school students