Akisinodera Temple
(courtesy of General Incorporated Foundation Nara Visitors Bureau)
(a picture taken by Shuzo Sawa)

Akisinodera Temple

The temple in Akishino-chō of Nara City. In the period for which the era name Hōki was used (770-780), this temple was allegedly founded by Zenju (723 – 797), a priest. The temple was named after the geographical name of the location, Akishino. Its Budhist sect was Hossōshū at first, then Shingonshū, and at last Seizanha sect of Jōdoshū. Currently, the temple is independent, as it doesn’t belong to any Buddhist sect. As for its historical movement, it is known that the temple had repeated disputes over the land with Saidaiji Temple, an adjacent leading temple, for many years since the end of the Heian Period (794 – 1185). The Main Hall that was built with a unique Japanese style has been designated as a National Treasure, and the Gigeiten statue put there is especially famous as Tennyo, a female angel, who protects various techniques and entertainment.