Gango-ji Temple

Gango-ji Temple, Nara

Gango-ji Temple
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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RichardBoise
Boise, ID143 contributions
Oct 2019
This temple is just south of the old town in Nara. It is very impressive in its quiet way. The museum is quite lovely and full of ancient sculpture. May I suggest "Ninety-Nine Postcards from Nara" as a introduction to the area? It's available on Amazon. Have a great time.
Written March 15, 2020
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Lawrence Yuo Hsih Chu
Vancouver, Canada129 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The people who work here are nice. They also have a lot of artifacts that you can see. There are multiple buildings housing numerous Buddhist artifacts. It's peaceful and quiet. I got my 12th goshuin from this temple.
Written May 8, 2019
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Baldrobe
London, UK214 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This ancient and peaceful temple should be visited. Very few tourists. No selfie takers. Peaceful grounds. Breeze. Blossom.
Written April 18, 2019
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RobertJE
London, UK542 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
This was our first stop in Nara on the way from the JR station to the park with the main temples and shrine. With hindsight we should probably have given the Gango-Ji a miss. It has some nice buildings and a "museum" and was peaceful and quiet (clearly everyone heads for the main sites in the park) but having seen many temple conplexes during our visit to Japan there really is a limit to how many one might wish to see. The man at the entrance where we paid was the only person we encountered in our short time in Japan who was grumpy and not particularly polite. we then wandered around the building complex and after about 30 minutes had had enough. Interesting, not particulaly exciting or memorable - give it a miss if you have limited time as there is a lot to see in Nara which is far more spectacular.
Written March 3, 2019
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SurfingWild
Bandung, Indonesia39,291 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
I accessed this temple by walking from bus stop N13 which I had arrived at on the city loop bus no.2. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the temple and actually the place is quite small with not many visitors in comparison to the larger more famous temples and shrines in Nara.

Within the temple grounds are lots and lots of stone lanterns and grave markers often with flowers and the occasional statue of Buddha.

However, this is a very important temple and dates back to 588 AD making it a really old temple. You will need to pay to enter the temple grounds. Since the temple is so peaceful with hardly any visitors at all, it is not unusual to see people sitting around on the edge of the main temple building.

There is a charge to enter the temple grounds. The temple is set among houses with a few shops and stores and cafes, many of which are in an old style with dark wooden front.
Written December 21, 2018
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand305 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
A good early example of Nara era architecture however it tends to get lost among all the others. Not a lot to recommend it really. Nice main image, all the paraphernalia, etc., but love the stone Buddhas outside nestling quietly among the flowers.
Written October 14, 2018
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ggm
Honolulu, HI1,452 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Diminished, apparently, from once major status, now a smaller somewhat neglected temple but it still has a very calm atmosphere, good proportions, and features a small museum on the grounds with an impressive miniature pagoda. Seems to be free of the bus tours that are disrupting the serenity of other Nara sites.
Written October 14, 2018
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan878 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Located among the narrow streets of the Naramachi district, often overlooked, It is one of the most ancient temples in Japan. All that remains is only a small part of what it used to be.

Although not as famous as Horyuji Temple (法隆寺), Todaiji Temple (東大寺), and Kofukuji Temple (興福寺), Gangoji Temple definitely warrants special attention, based on its long history and its connection with the early founding of Buddhism in Japan.

Not a hot tourist spot, so is free of the crowds. The peaceful buildings and courtyard provide a pleasant and quite break from the tourist crowds in other popular areas of Nara.
Written June 28, 2018
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Vivien W
Melbourne, Australia40 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
A lovely smaller temple without many tourists and beautiful gardens. Steeped in history and worthy of further study
Written June 28, 2018
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MinkaMelb
Glen Iris, Australia30 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
There’s a serene spirit within this temple and especially calming on a hot day. Certainly worth visiting.
Written May 24, 2018
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