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Address: | 48 Noborioji, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7755
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Wonderful Collection of Buddhist Statuary

The treasury/museum of Kofukuji conns a large number of exceptional pieces of medieval Buddhist wooden statuary that -- for maximum impact -- should be compared with similar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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McLean, Virginia
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McLean, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The treasury/museum of Kofukuji conns a large number of exceptional pieces of medieval Buddhist wooden statuary that -- for maximum impact -- should be compared with similar collections in the Todaiji (Sangatsudo) and Sanjusangendo and Ryoanji treasury/museum collections in Kyoto. Unfortunately, unlike at the Sangatsudo, you will be unable to sit down and contemplate parts of the collection here, and... More 

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Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Kofuku-ji Temple is undergoing construction until 2018. Regardless, we barely had any time here as it was the last attraction on our list of itineraries and only managed to catch a glimpse (on the outskirts) of the famous Five Story Pagoda, the second tallest one in Japan. We did not see the statue of Asura, nor did we manage to... More 

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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is a place where many tourist starts as this is the first major site from both train stations. Currently partly on the reconstruction. The most impressive is a three storey pagoda. As all around Nara you will find dears roaming the site, pose for photos to be taken and to get some biscuits. The pagoda is closed. The entrance... More 

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Hertfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Part of a trip to Nara including the magnificent Kodaiji Temple. Traditional Japanese buidings with some under refurbishment

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This temple is quietly serene in the morning and arriving early is a lovely experience. But I write this to rate all of Nara, which is a wonderful town. Explore Nara-Michi, the old wooden part of town with wonderful small shops and excellent restaurants at all price levels. The Nara museum has wonderful exhibits and Horyu-ji, a main temple is... More 

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laguna, philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

They showed the progress of the restoration. Interesting to see the roof. Bought tickets to see 3buildings. Including the museum. Which was most interesting.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

From the Nara Station take the Loop bus to get to Kofukuji Temple. It’s the closest temple to any of the stops on the route, so a great place to start. The five storey pagoda has become an important symbol for the city and was also burned down over five times. It’s a small complex, so shouldn’t take you more... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The site includes several building. The pagoda is exceptional from the outside (no visit inside) and nice to see from the pond down the small hill. A new museum shows impressive Buddhist statues. Tip: you may want to visit this museum and others after having visited the large temples and you are getting more familiar with Buddhist art in Japan.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

No doubt about it, the Five-Story Pagoda is beautiful and incredibly imposing. The other buildings (those of which we could see due to construction) were also nice. However, the crowds and lack of foliage and general atmosphere made this one of the less memorable Temples in Japan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Visiting early on a cold Tuesday in April the site we found this site to be very interesting and informative and relatively uncrowded compared to the nearby Todai-Ji. A site ticket can be purchased allowing entry into three sites. The first was a fascinating rebuild of the central golden hall. This is being completed using traditional methods and you can... More 

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