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Hasedera Temple

Hasedera Temple

The Hasedera Temple was first built in 686 and was dedicated to Emperor Tenmu, who was suffering from illness. The temple flourished as one of the centers of the reformed Shingon Buddhism in 1588. It is said that the temple has been burnt down and rebuilt more than 10 times since the 10th century. The main hall is considered the longest halls in Nara, which was reconstructed in 1650 using donations from Tokugawa Iemitsu. The Eleven-faced Kannon in this temple is 9.3 meters tall and is said to be the largest wooden statue in Japan. These faces are said to allow the Kannon to see all around for her to assist people in need. Hasedera Temple is situated in a valley and has over 30 structures. The buildings span along a hillside and gives visitors a chance to explore the area.