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Nigatsu-do Temple

Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #4 of 72 attractions in Nara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This temple is not far from Todaiji. A short walk further up the hill. Be prepared to walk up many steps. The extra hike is worthwhile once you reach the temple. There is seating on the upper level to rest tired feet and a wide balcony to stand and enjoy the view of Nara. Good photo opportunity on a clear... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Another beautiful temple in Nara with a great walk to match. This Temple is positioned on a hill, so can offer some wonderful views down below

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This temple sits on top of a hill overlooking Nara. There are many stone lanterns leading up the hill to the grounds, and lots of wonderful photo ops. The temple is lovely, and peaceful, with lots of brass lanterns and a great view also. It is a short and worthwhile walk from Todaji Temple, and you can continue along the... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Of course, you cannot compare it to the great Todaiji ... but, not far from there, Nigatsu-do makes for a very nice stroll thru the park. It's a little up hill but, taken slowly it shouldn't prose a problem (my Dad has bad knees but, even he said it was well worth it). The view from the top is very... More

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Renton, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The temple is situated right next to Todaiji temple in Nara Park. The buildings looked older than Todaiji and there is one situated up on a small hill that had a great view. There is also a tea house that served complimentary tea (you're supposed to clean your own teacups and fill your own cups with tea though). There are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

After a five minute climbing from Todaiji you can reach this temple. It is free and also well maintained. In the night, the lanterns illuminate the path inside it. The actual temple is built in a high level so you can have a full view of the city until the mountains. The is also a tiny shrine in the top... More

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Palm Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

It's uphill to get there but worth the effort. All the lanterns are beautiful. Great vista from the top. Lots of small shrines keeps you wanting to see what is next.

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

These halls, Nigatsu-do and the adjacent Sangatsu-do, set off to the side of the main Todai-ji temple are picturesque and warrant a visit. Meander through them and enjoy their incredible design, scenic views from their hillside location, and the plethora of photo ops. If you are spending a day in Nara, do stop here.

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Singapore, Singapore
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41 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Just about 10 to 15 minutes walk from Todaiji Temple. There is great scenery, shop and a tea house while on the way there. Please be prepare to climb the staircase - about 70 steps. The view on top of the temple is great. Praying is allow and noticed lots of metal lantern hanging around the temple. One of temple... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

It was raining and chilly while we were exploring Nara, but my husband and I encountered a man from the Nara Guide Club who offered to give us a tour of several temples in the area to practice his English and teach us about Japanese history. We were reluctant at first, but it made our visit so much more meaningful... More

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