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Address: | 48 Noborioji, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7755
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Of interest at this temple are the five-storey, and three-storey pagodas. There are also two octagonal shries which are of interest. You can visit the temple 24-7 free of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The main hall is under renovation for a few more years, but the buildings here are still worth seeing. The best part though is the (paid, but cheap) museum housing many statues and carvings, especially the main statue in the middle that was spared the anti-Buddhist movement in 19th century. However, you can spend an hour walking round admiring all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Of interest at this temple are the five-storey, and three-storey pagodas. There are also two octagonal shries which are of interest. You can visit the temple 24-7 free of charge, unless you want to visit the "golden" building, and the museum in the temple ground.

Thank Sarakit C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Large historic temple complex in Nara. Free to wander about outside, and see the tall pagoda. Very grand and impressive buildings. We didn't go into any of the paid areas to see the artefacts. Free and interesting historic site to wander round. As a temple it is nothing compared to the nearby todai-ji, but the historic value is huge.

Thank BarneyWLH
Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is walking distance from JR Nara station. Before reaching this temple, we walked through a shopping street and a few alleys with traditional houses/shops. We also spotted many tourists dressed in Kimonos on waling tour within the area. During our visit, some areas of the temple were under restoration work. However, the beautiful views of its pagoda, prayer... More 

Thank ryanteo
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful landscape with pagoda, garden, main hall. The temple connect with Nara shopping street which make it super easy to access from Kintetsu station by walk. One of world heritage site in Nara city which you shouldn't miss.

Thank Navara68
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short walk from the railway station. U wont missed it as the 5 storey pagoda stands out from the temple

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the 4 great temples of the Nara period. (710-794) It features a 5 story pagoda and many Buddhist art treasures. Today only a handful,of the original 175 buildings remain standing, most of which date from the 15th century. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The thing that would tie the complex together and give it cohesion is, unfortunately, going to be unavailable for years to come. It is still a more than worthwhile visit though. The great Eastern Hall and Five Story Pagoda are pretty much the highlights now; I highly recommend visiting these two later in the afternoon. If you try to view... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

It's nice ancient temple but you are better off going to the museum next to it . The temple does not require any fee however it's just the bell and washing your hands . I recommend if you go there to go to the museum it's 500¥ but it's worth to see all the famous statues from kamakura period to... More 

Thank Mary W
Penang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I happen to pass by this temple while walking to Todaiji. This most prominent feature of this temple is the three tiered pagoda. The main hall is currently under renovation at the moment (as of September). The closest railway line to this temple is the Kintetsu Nara line.

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