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Address: | 48 Noborioji, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7755
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Impressive pagoda's and beautifull statues in museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Brussels, Belgium
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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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Canberra, Australia
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The Kofukuji Temple is the closest temple from JR Nara station. As you walk towards Nara Park, you will not miss this temple. Currently the Chukondo Hall is undergoing renovation and is expected to last till 2018. You can wander in the grounds without any admission fee. However there is a fee involved if you wish to enter the National... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Kofukuji is a 15-20 minute walk from JR Nara station. I visited on a rainy March morning and there were not many people around. The 5 story pagoda is beautiful. Get a combined ticket to visit the Eastern Golden Hall with its collection of ancient Buddha statues and the Treasure House, which although modern, has an excellent display of Buddhist... More 

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Suwon, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

we saw three story pagoda and five story pagoda, and two national treasure buildings. some of buildings were under repair. deers were friendly walking around. it's the place must-see in nara with dodaiji temple. temples and koen (park) are very close, so it's good distance to walk on foot.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a very nice temple, with a 5 story pagoda - it gets very busy in the late morning to afternoon, so perhaps go early if you wish to have photos, without throngs of strangers in them. My real recommendation however is, to get the combined ticket and go into the Hall of Treasures - what an exhibition, highly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It is possible to see the five story pagoda and the three story pagoda, and the Northern and Southern Octagonal Halls without paying an entrance fee, and without visiting the National Treasure Museum. If your interest is primarily in (temple) architecture, you can give a pass to the museums. There were fewer tourists here than other temples we visited later... More 

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