Murou-ji Temple is a temple of Shingon Buddhism established in the late Nara Period (710 - 794) after a successful ritual to cure the illness of Prince Yamabe who later became the Emperor Kammu.
While Kongobu-ji Temple at Mt. Koya-san, which also belongs to Shingon Buddhism, barred women, Murou-ji Temple allowed them to visit. For that reason, the temple is also called "Nyonin-Koya", or Mt. Koya-san for women. The temple's 16 meters high five-story pagoda is said to be the smallest outside pagoda in Japan and designated as a national treasure.
- 8:30 - 17:00 (April - November)
- 8:00 - 16:00 (December - March)
- No closing days
Price / Entrance Fee
- 600 yen (General, Adult)
- 400 yen (Child)
Access / Public Transport
- 15 minutes from Muroguchi-ono Station on the Kintetsu Line by the bus bound for Murouji. Get off at Murouji-mae Bus stop.
- 女人高野 室生寺 (Only available in Japanese)
Address / Location
- 78, Muro, Uda-shi, Nara, 633-0421
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