Saiendō (West Round Hall)

National treasure
Kamakura Period: late 12th - early 14th c.

Yakushi Nyorai

National treasure
Nara Period: beginning of 8th - end of 8th c.

On a hill northwest of the walkway is the West Round Hall (actually octagonal), said to have originally been built by Gyōki Bosatsu at the request of Lady Tachibana in the 8th century. The current structure was built during the Kamakura Period and enshrines a seated image of the Yakushi Nyorai in its center. This Nara-period statue is one of the biggest dry-lacquer Buddhist images in Japan.

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