Poet and scholar Sugawara-no-Michizane was a distinguished figure in the Kyoto court until he fell afoul of political intrigue and was...
Kankō Historical Museum
Across town, nestled among rice paddies and reachable by bus (¥100), Kaidan-in dates from 761 and was one of the most important Buddhist...
Lonely Planet review
Adjacent to the monastery, this temple dates from 746 but only the great bell (said to be Japan's oldest) remains from the original construction. Its treasure hall has an impressive collection of statuary, most of it wood, dating from the 10th to 12th centuries. Many of the items show Indian or Tibetan influence.