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Gangoji Temple

11 Chuincho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8392, Japan
+81 742-34-1111
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Ranked #19 of 75 Attractions in Nara
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is a small, quiet temple with deep historical significance. It's not as magnificent as the major Nara temples so if you are short of time you can give it a miss. But if you are walking in Naramachi, I recommend you stop in here and soak up the history. The main hall has several interesting mandalas and some nice... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

May be not as visited but the first Temple in Japan. It's a small one on a small street about 10, 15 minutes walk from the Train station. You may see just local doing their devotion here. But this is the first Buddhist temple in Japan.The construction was authorize by the Emperor Sushun in 588 A.D and named Hokoji Temple,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

if you're into history, this place is old. that's probably the biggest thing going for it. i went first thing in the morning and mostly there were about 10 local old ladies there sitting and looking at the temple, and a handful of obvious tourists, and I knelt and tossed some coins in the collection box and invited the gong... More

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Hong Kong, China
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22 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

A beautiful wooden temple in its own grounds in the backstreets of Naramachi. No more than 10 minutes walk from the Kintetsu train station, but in the opposite direction from the main sights, so it isn't overwhelmed with worshippers or tourists. The tourist information office at the station has a series of pocket maps showing walks in the Nara area.... More

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Beijing, China
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251 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Compared to the other temples and pagodas, there is really not much impressive to see here... more a visit for historical significance since this was such an important site going back to 7th century. There is a nice functioning temple inside, otherwise the most interesting thing I found was in the garden outside spotting the random demon statues placed around... More

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is on the tourist trail of Nara in all the maps . The buildings are not inspiring and not worth the 400 yen admission fee, when you also pay 500 to enter daibatsu. Suggest you give this a miss if you are in a hurry..it's famous for the old tiled roofs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

This place is a memorable place to me, here is my first place to go to the Nara. And I can't forgot this place until now

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London, United Kingdom
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386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

This temple is well described in the one other English review from last year and I will concur that it is a very serene place. This largely comes from the fact that it is located in the back streets of the old merchant quarter of Naramachi and as such is visited by significantly less people than the main attractions in... More

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Kyoto, Japan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Many of Nara's attractions are impressive, and historic, but not all of them offer the sightseer such an enjoyable experience. I arrived hot and tired from other sightseeing on a sweltering summer day, and was instantly charmed and soothed by this beautiful temple. I walked barefoot on the tatami around the cool main hall, then sat on the wooden balcony... More

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