Japan HeritageToyurano-miya Palace Site
On the precincts of Kogenji Temple, visitors can view the remains of Toyurano-miya—the palace where Empress Suiko was enthroned. Suiko herself is said to have walked over the weathered cobblestones that remain here, where pillars once stood. Visit this site, and you’ll get to experience history first-hand. Another must-see is the Kannon Bosatsu statue in Kogenji’s main hall. On the face of the head section of the statue—which dates back to the Asuka Period (late 7th century)—is a gentle smile that never fails to soothe the soul.
- Kogenji Temple precincts, 630 Toyo-ura, Asuka-mura
- 200 yen
- Take the Akakame bus and get off at Toyo-ura