About Tenri University

Location and Transportation


Tenri University is located in the Nara basin which boasts a rich cultural heritage, including numerous sites of archaeological importance, plus famous historic temples such as the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Horyu-ji and Todai-ji. The University’s pastoral setting, at the foot of luxuriant green mountains, provides a natural complement to this rich cultural heritage, just an hour by train from both Osaka and Kyoto.

Nara is an ancient capital of Japan that celebrates its 1300th anniversary in 2010. Buildings from that time still remain today, making the area a spiritual home of the Japanese people.

A World Cultural Heritage site, Heijo Palace was emperor’s residence in the Nara period. The ancient capital is being restored with the construction of Suzaku Gate and other projects.

Yoshino is Japan’s most famous place for cherry blossoms, which in spring cover the whole mountain with colors of light pink. Its beauty has attracted Japanese waka poets for more than one thousand years.

The great statue of Buddha at Todai-ji Temple constructed in 752. This statue is housed in the 49.1-meter high Great Buddha Hall, the largest wooden building in the world.

Shika deer, once regarded as messengers of kami(gods), roaming in Nara Park. Approximately 1,200 wild deer live in the Park.


A public transportation system consisting of the JR (Japan Railways), the Kintetsu Railways, and the Meihan Expressway is well organized so that it takes only an hour from Tenri City to Osaka and Kyoto.