EARLY TEMPLES OF THE ASUKA (538-645), HAKUHO (645-710) AND NARA (710-794) PERIODS
  Built in 588 as Hokoji; moved to Nara in 718 under the name Gangoji
Oldest Shakamuni image in Japan; housed in Gangoji
Horyuji near Nara. Built in 603; rebuilt around 711 after a fire. Oldest wooden buildings in the world
Horyuji. New building in vermillion. Buildings are not repainted when the colour wears off.
Reconstructed main hall of Yakushiji in Nara. Founded in 680
Original pagoda at Yakushiji
Kofukuji in Nara. Founded in 710
Shin-Yakushiji in Nara. Founded in 747
Hokkeji in Nara. Founded in 749
Todaiji in Nara. Founded in 752 as the head of the provincial temple system
Daibutsu in Todaiji
Toshodaiji in Nara. Founded in 759
Ishiyamadera in Otsu. Founded in 762
Akishinodera in Nara. Founded in 780
  ESOTERIC AND PURE LAND TEMPLES OF THE HEIAN PERIOD (794-1185)
  Main hall of the Western Precinct of Enryakuji on Mt. Hie near Kyoto. This Tendai complex was founded in 788. The building shown here, the Shakado, was moved to Mt. Hie in 1595
  Shiki Ko-do at Enryakuji.
  Toji (East Temple) was built to guard the East end of the city when the capital was moved to Kyoto in 794. Founded in 796    
  Muroji near Uda City. Founded in the late Nara Period, the temple, located in a forest, is now Shingon
  Pagoda at Muroji
  Sanzenin, Ohara near Kyoto. The Amida Hall shown here (Tendai) was built in 985 and rebuilt in 1148
  Byodoin, Uji City, founded in 998. The Phoenix Hall (best example of a Paradise Hall) shown here was constructed in 1053. Today, Byodoin is a joint Tendai and Jodo (Pure Land) temple
  Main hall of Joruriji near Nara. Pure Land temple founded in 1047
  Pagoda at Joruriji
  Main gate of Chionin, Kyoto. Jodo (Pure Land) temple founded in 1234
  Main hall of Chioninin
  Sutra building at Chionin
  Kongobuji, headquarters of Shingon on Mt. Koya. Founded 1593
  Entrance to Amida Hall, Nishi Honganji, Kyoto. Headquarters of Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land), constructed in 1602
  Interior of Amida Hall at Nishi Honganji
  ZEN TEMPLES OF THE KAMAKURA (1185-1333) AND MUROMACHI (1333-1573) PERIODS
  Keninji, Kyoto, 1202. One of the original great five Zen temples of Kyoto
  Interior of Keninji
  Tofukuji in Kyoto. Founded in 1236. One of the great five Zen temples of Kyoto
  Eiheiji Monastery, founded by Eihei Dogen (one of Japan's greatest thinkers) in 1244. Eiheiji is one of the two head temples of Soto Zen
  One of several gates at Eiheiji
  Interior at Eiheiji
  Tenryuji in Kyoto, 1345. One of the great five Zen temples of Kyoto.
  Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto. Built in 1397; reconstructed in 1955
  Interior at Kinkakuji
  Ginkakuji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion) in Kyoto. Founded in 1490
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