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Kofukuji Temple

Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
+81 742-22-7755
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Ranked #9 of 75 Attractions in Nara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

While entrance to Kofukuji's temple grounds is free and possible around the clock, there are two areas that require paying an entrance fee: Kofukuji's National Treasure Museum and the Eastern Golden Hall. The recently renovated National Treasure Museum exhibits part of the temple's great art collection and is an absolute must-see for lovers of Buddhist art. Among the many outstanding... More

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Kunitachi, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I recommend you see asyura statue which face take you to unknown world.Unlike other statue of buddhha this statue looks like human,real human.this asyura come from India throgh China, transferring the meaning diversly at reaching several theries like battle,justice and demon. You could look over and imagine back behind the history of Buddhism and Hindu. A japanese natinal treasure.

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Kobe, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

For people interested in wooden statues, this small museum contains some of the finest I have seen. Included in the collection are pieces done by the 12th century master Unkei. The workmanship in his statues and the other carvers represented in the museum is stunning. The ticket price for the museum and Eastern Hall is 800 yen for adults. Well... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Kofukuji buildings are all beautiful and impressive, especially the five storey pagoda. There is a new hall being built at the moment, but this doesn't stop you from appreciating all the other buildings in the complex.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The staffer at the Nara tourist information office told us to go to the park below the temple to take a photo of the 5 story pagoda. We crossed the street and went to the park with the large pond. On opposite side of the pond, we looked up and found a great angle to take photo of the pagoda... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

As others have written - go there to see the pagodas. One being the second highest in japan. It's on the way to Todaiji when walking from the train station, so you might as well stop by..

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New York City, New York, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

On the downhill walk back to the JR Rail Station from Nara Deer Park, we stopped to marvel a the 5 story Pagoda. There is also a 3 story Pagoda. We visited in July, 2014 the Temple itself was under renovation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This temple has a pagoda of five storey at 50 metres high and second tallest in Japan.It is landmark of Nara.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The main temple is currently under renovation and will be for a couple of years. It is however, still worth a trip to see the three and five story pagodas (the second tallest pagoda in japan) if you are heading up to Todai-ji. It's probably not worth a trip alone!

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Poway, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It was worth walking past Kofukuji Temple to see the 5-story and 3-story pagodas. The temple itself was closed and was being renovated.

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