Hasedera is a beautiful Shingon sect Buddhist temple in Nara. Originally built in 686, the temple has been destroyed many times from fire. The current design dates back to the middle of the 1600s, when the 3rd Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, gave a large donation to have the temple rebuilt. The 9.3 meter tall 11-faced image of Kannon has been listed as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. It is absolutely beautiful, but visitors are not allowed to photograph it.
Hasedera is also famous for its peonies, botan and cherry blossoms in the spring and its magnificent foliage in the fall.