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Chuguji Temple

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Address: 1-1-2 Horyuji Kita, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0111, Nara Prefecture
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Beautiful and can be included in Horyuji ticket

This temple is within the large Horyu-ji complex and definitely worth a visit. This small temple has one of the most beautiful grouping of statues we saw in Japan. It was also a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 4, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

This temple is within the large Horyu-ji complex and definitely worth a visit. This small temple has one of the most beautiful grouping of statues we saw in Japan. It was also a very tranquil place. I would include it in your visit to the complex. More details are posted in my review of Horyu-ji.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Chūgūji contains a fascinating statue of a sitting bodhisattva with one leg crossed, a finger to the cheek, and lips playing a mysterious smile. The statue, a national treasure, is made from black camphor with a resinous lacquer finish, and appears to me, with its slender frame and hair tied into two buns, to be androgynous. Appropriate for the mysterious... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2015

This temple is a little far from Nara proper (in fact it is inside the Horyu-ji temple complex), however it is a must! The Miroku Bosatsu sculpture is the most beautiful thing I have seen in Japan. Other good thing is that a bit less touristy, but still can be flooded (even on Sunday) by Japanese school kids and pensioners.

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Yokohama, Japan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2015

The 2 of us are still figuring out why we paid JPY500 to enter such a small place! So Nara is a place where all attractions have at least 10 awe-evoking places. This temple has none. Can miss for sure.

Thank ravpra
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2015

Situated just to the east of Hōryū-ji, the main event at Chūgū-ji is one of the smallest, simplest and unassuming yet quietly beautiful buddha/bodisattva images in whole of Japan (Miroku Bosatsu == Sanskrit: Maitreya). It's a dark, moody camphor wood image of the Asuka period. The setting is also simple and beautiful. I've been there in sun and rain -... More 

Thank James M

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