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Kofukuji Temple

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Address: | 48 Noborioji, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
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Temple worth checking out but maybe not paying for

If you love Buddhist art, then you will love Kofuku-ji Temple! One of Nara's seven powerful Buddhist temples back in Nara Period and now a World Heritage site, Kofuku-ji does not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Yokohama, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Not sure if my review can help you. This was the last place we visited and were not sure if it was going to be worth the JPY500 entry fee. So i just got my stamp without entering temple. :(

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The temple compound is nicely kept. The deers are not as many compared to Nara Park. A quick pass though is enough before/after going to the other attractions. Main Nara attractions are nearby - Nara Park, Todaiji Temple, etc. The pagodas are amazing to see. The temple is at the side of the main road and you need to hike... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

While walking to the Todaiji temple, this temple was on the way so we checked it out- it was just okay. There were a lot of deer around so it was interesting as well. I think in Nara, the Todaiji temple deserves more of your time than the other little ones- I think you could skip this out.

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This temple is very close to other attractions such as the famous deer. It is extremely beautiful and the architecture on it is amazing. There are near by stores as well.

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Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great space full of deer and people. Temple is being partially renovated. Pagoda size is impressive. Not open to visitors. Two buildings can be visited at the moment. The Eastern Golden hall has a statue of Yakushi Buddha Master of Healing and his two attendants Nikko Bosatsu and Gakko Bosatsu who help him in maintaining health of all beings. No... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a pretty Temple and Pagoda but there was a lot of construction and renovation going on at the sight. If I had not been to so many other fabulous Temples and Pagodas before in Japan , I may have been more impressed. Still worth a visit.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

If you love Buddhist art, then you will love Kofuku-ji Temple! One of Nara's seven powerful Buddhist temples back in Nara Period and now a World Heritage site, Kofuku-ji does not shy in comparison to the more massive Todai-ji in historical significance. The most notable thing about this temple is that it has Japan's 2nd tallest pagoda (First being in... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

And also visit the museum beside the temple. The temple is nice and beautiful as many other temples in Japan, but I found the museum more interesting at this point of my trip. I had already visited many temples in Kyoto.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Kofukuji contains a pagoda, which is visible from the street, and the adjoining "Golden Hall" there is an entrance fee to the Golden Hall, but I paying it. The pagoda and Golden Hall symbolize marital harmony, as they were built by a man and his wife, respectively. Inside the Golden Hall were several statues that date back to 900 C.E.,... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is a lovely temple, paired with a beautiful pagoda to match. This is probably the first major temple you'd notice when arriving to Nara, heading towards Nara park. While there are a few deer roaming around, most of the deer are located further down the road. The temple and pagoda are located in an open space, which allow a... More 

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