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Address: 11 Chuincho, Nara 630-8392, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-34-1111
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Totally worth going Gangoji is a nice temple, being part of the world heritage site of Unesco. IT was built in the eight century.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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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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Hong Kong, China
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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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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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
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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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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

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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