Bannaji Temple 鑁阿寺 

A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.

A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.
A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.
A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.
A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.
Built in the 12th century, the temple adopted the construction style of Zen Buddhism and is one of the best preserved in the country. The Hondo (main sanctuary) is designated as a National Treasure. Popular times to visit include during the cherry blossoms in spring, and when the city’s natural treasure, a 600-year old ginkgo nut tree turns yellow in autumn. The “Setsubun Armour Festival” at the temple is a unique event of the armoured warriors’ procession for the “Mamemaki” (bean-throwing ceremony).
 
  • A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.
  • A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.
  • A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.
  • A Zen Buddhism temple rarely seen, a recognised National Treasure.

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Basic Information

Address 2220 Ietomi-cho, Ashikaga-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0284-41-2627
Website http://www.city.ashikaga.tochigi.jp/site/ashikaga-kankou/i-bannaji.html
Business Hours 9:00~16:00
Price Free
Date Free tourist guide service available at Ashikaga City Tourist Association (prior reservations required)
DirectionsBy rail or bus: approx.10-minute walk from the North exit of Ashikaga station on the JR Ryomo line, or approx.15-minute walk from the North exit of Ashikaga-shi station on the Tobu Isezaki line
By car: approx.10-minute drive from Ashikaga IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway