Yakushiji Temple is a temple with a 1,300-year history that was established by Emperor Tenmu to pray for the recovery of his consort (who would later become Empress Jito) from an illness. The Yakushi Triad is a set of principal images that have remained since the time of the temple’s founding and they are renowned as the world’s most beautiful Buddhist statues. The gentle smiles of these statues evoke a security that make people feel as if they are in the arms of the Buddha. Please visit Yakushiji Temple, a temple for the mind where you can soothe and hone your mental and spiritual being.
Yakushiji Temple was the first in Japan to be built with two pagodas. This unique arrangement of temple buildings is called the “Yakushiji-style Temple Complex Layout.” Many buildings and Buddhist statues designated as national treasures or important cultural assets are enshrined in the temple complex (known as the garan in Japanese).
O-shakyo (meditative sutra-tracing) is a Buddhist practice that is used to calm one’s mind. Carefully tracing each letter of a sutra allows you to calm yourself and reflect on your own state of mind.