Butsuryu-ji Temple

A massive cherry tree known as the “Sennen-Zakura”, over 900 years old

This temple is widely believed to have been founded in the year 850 by Kenne, a notable disciple of Kukai, the founder of Shingon Buddhism. Because of its location, it is also known as the ‘Southern Gate of Muro-ji Temple’. A massive cherry tree known as the ‘Sennen-Zakura’, which is more than 900-years-old, welcomes visitors from the side of the entrance path in the springtime, and great numbers of people gather to view the white blossoms on the third Sunday each April. During Buddhism’s Higan week (the time of the autumn equinox in late September) the path to the temple is lined with a stunning red carpet of ‘Higanbana’ (cluster amaryllis).

Butsuryuji-Temple

Address
1684 Akabane, Haibara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture

Hours
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Entrance fee
200 yen (+300 yen for a guided tour of the main hall)

Parking
Available

Cherry tree spot

Address
1671 Akabane, Haibara, Uda City, Nara Prefecture

Season
Mid April

Fee
Free

Parking
Available

Link
Official Nara Travel Guide

Butsuryu-ji Temple = 佛隆寺