Saidaiji is the “Great Western Temple” built in Nara in the middle of the 8th century at the same time as the much better known Tōdaiji, or “Great Eastern Temple” which houses a famous colossal bronze statue of a seated buddha. Most tourists manage to see Tōdaiji, and the park full of tame deer. Few are even aware of Saidaiji, even less its hidden buddha image of Aizen.

  The temple belongs to the Shingon sect.

Saidaiji map

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the Aizen hall at Saidaiji

Saidaiji tea sweet

verandah of Aizen hall