HASE / MURO
A 20-minute walk from Kintetsu Hasedera Station, located in the eastern part of Nara Prefecture, will bring you to Hase-dera Temple. The Hondo, or main hall, which was rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, is similar to a stage and is designated a national treasure. It enshrines a celebrated 10-meter-high Juichimen-Kannon-zo statue (Eleven-faced Kannon, Goddess of Mercy). Noboriro is a 200-meter-long corridor. Thousands of large flowers of the Japanese peony tree are gorgeous along the corridor in springtime. Since cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, and other flowers bloom at various times throughout the year, the temple is famous for its flowers.
Muro-ji Temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism is situated on the mountainside of Mt. Muro. Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture, a World Heritage site that is also the sacred site of the Shingon sect, once did not allow women to enter the mountain. In contrast, as Muro-ji has allowed women to enter, it has been called Nyonin-Koya (Female Koya). Kondo Hall, a national treasure, Hondo Hall, and a five-story pagoda stand in the precincts surrounded by trees. In spring, a profusion of pale pink rhododendrons creates a splendid sight.