Muroji Temple in Nara Prefecture probably dates from the 9th century but may have been founded much earlier in the 7th century. Muroji is associated with the esoteric Buddhism of the Shingon sect. The diminutive five-story pagoda, which is 16.2m high, was damaged by a typhoon in 1999 but subsequently repaired. The temple buildings are surviving examples of the architecture of the Nara (710-794) and early Heian Period (794-1192). There is a colorful Lion Dance festival held on October 15 every year at the temple.
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Muroji Temple is situated in a dense cedar forest about 8km from Muroguchi-Ono Station on the Kintetsu Osaka Line, two stops east of Hasedera Station. Take a 43, 44, 45 or 46 bus 15 minutes from Muroguchi-Ono Station.
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