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Address: 11 Chuincho, Nara 630-8392, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-34-1111
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One of the oldest temple in Japan

Access to the temple, again, is lined with souvenir shops... Lovely architecture, the meditation room, and the miniature five-storey pagoda are of interest here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
Sarakit C
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Singapore, Singapore
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Getting to this temple seriously takes some time, it's really out of the way and not in the nucleus of the other temples. You will walk pass some neighborhood shops and stuff just continue walking straight and you'll reach there in no time. The temple itself is really well maintained, it looks older compared to Todaiji and Kofukiji because it... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This temple is a slightly out of the way from Nara Park but no more of walk than other temples, but is worth seeing. There are many signs closer to it showing you how to get here, although it's a bit of a blind walk from the beginning of Nara Park near Kofukuji through the traditional looking shops and homes.... More 

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Bangkok
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Access to the temple, again, is lined with souvenir shops... Lovely architecture, the meditation room, and the miniature five-storey pagoda are of interest here.

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Thank Sarakit C
Mackay, Queensland
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215 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

A peaceful afternoon stroll around the first Zbuddhist a Temple in Japan -beautiful day, no crowds or selfie sticks - lovely time ready the historical importance of this site to all Buddhists - Aldo a World Heritage site and rightfully so.

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Thank Steve-70
bangkok
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66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to this temple. Hardly any other tourists were there when we visited. It doesn't take long for a visit to this historically and artistically significant temple. There's also a small museum on site which helps you understand the background. Pity that the temple grounds have been much reduced in recent years as housing developments have gobbled... More 

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Portugal
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Gangoji Temple is one of Nara's less-visited World Heritage Sites.Gangoji Temple is a small temple built in a Korean architectural style. It houses a famous mandala (image of the Buddhist Pure Land). There are many statues surrounding the temple. While most of them are typical Buddhist statues, there are also demon statues hidden throughout the temple grounds, each with its... More 

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Malta
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275 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

UNESCO World Heritage Site. It played an important part in the introduction of Buddhism in Japan. We were the only visitors on a wet Wednesday morning which made the whole experience so much more significant. No photos are allowed inside the temple itself or the adjoining museum but pictures may be taken in the grounds. Some old artefacts in the... More 

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Thank Tony M
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The main building is a well-maintained wooden structure with more than a thousand years' history. The side building exhibits many precious antique collections related to Japanese Buddhist history. A US$4 is definitely worthwhile.

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Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Totally worth going Gangoji is a nice temple, being part of the world heritage site of Unesco. IT was built in the eight century.

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Toronto, Canada
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256 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I made my way from Kofukuji Temple to this temple. It’s a bit of a walk, but a great way to see the town with its numerous shrines and quaint houses. Since it’s the first Buddhist temple of Japan, it’s a must visit. The roof tiles here date back to the 6th century and some of the woodwork details are... More 

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