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Chuguji Temple

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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... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2016
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中宮寺 [斑鳩] Chūgūji (Ikaruga)

Chūgūji contains a fascinating statue of a sitting bodhisattva with one leg crossed, a finger to... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2016
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Sep 7, 2018
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“Beautiful and can be included in Horyuji ticket”
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

Y600 admission to view three beautiful old bhuddas and an embroidery, in a modern concrete monstrosity of a temple over a green foul smelling pond. Little else to redeem it!

Date of experience: September 2018
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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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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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...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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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...More

Date of experience: November 2015
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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.

Date of experience: August 2015
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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....More

Date of experience: June 2014
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Muhammad K
Planning One-Day Trip in Nara (2 Replies)
Hi. Kinda need some advice here. Is one day enough if I want to visit all attractions around Nara like Todaiji Temple, National Museum, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji Temple? If I want to include trip to Horyuji Temple/Chuguji Temple and Yakushiji Temple/Toshodaiji Temple - will I have enough time? Thank you in advance.
November 06, 2016|
Response fromHiromi K|
Usually, 1 day is not enouch if you wanna include western Nara area(Yakushiji, Toshocdaiji, Horyuji)