Gango-ji Temple
Gango-ji Temple
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RichardBoise
Boise, ID139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Baldrobe
London, UK203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Joanna M
Bang Tao Beach, Thailand959 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Although little is left from the original building it is still amazing to see the first Buddhist temple from 588. A real must see on any trip to Nara.

Much less crowded than other sights but very peaceful and beautiful.
Written April 13, 2018
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ART196
244 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
This was my second time coming to Gangōji, but in my Nara travels I was pursuing two complementary themes: firstly I was touring pagodas in the prefecture, and secondly I wanted to visit all of Nara’s traditional “7 Great Temples.” Gangōji is no longer a ‘great temple’ but it used to be a huge complex. Gangōji traces its origins to a temple called Hōkōji in Asuka built in 588, but the temple called Gangōji formally, and sometimes Asukadera of Nara colloquially, was built in Nara in 718. The temple contains three national treasures:
1. Zenshitsu, hall of meditation, 718
2. Gokurakudō, main hall, 1244
3. Gojūshōtō, five storey small-scale pagoda sculpture, Nara period.
The model pagoda is as tall as a room and is fascinating in its detail and woodwork. Originally it had its own hall covering it but now is preserved in a modern building. Pictures are unfortunately prohibited but the small-scale pagoda is worth visiting even though it is just a sculpture and not a building.

Gangōji has several ruins:
1. Nishishōtōin-ato, where the pagoda sculpture was housed.
2. Gokurakubō Keidai, a former lecture hall.
3. Higashidaitō-ato, the stone platform of an actual full-scale five-tier pagoda. It has been lost for centuries.

I wanted to see the pagoda ruins and model replica after seeing Buddhist towers in Ikaruga, so I came back to Gangōji.
Written April 22, 2016
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Road99go
Quebec, Canada1,064 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
May be not as visited but the first Temple in Japan. It's a small one on a small street about 10, 15 minutes walk from the Train station.
You may see just local doing their devotion here.
But this is the first Buddhist temple in Japan.The construction was authorize by the Emperor Sushun in 588 A.D and named Hokoji Temple, later change for Auka Temple for the locality and again for the actual name, Gangoji Temple. Coming from a young western country it is hard to believe that it is still standing after so long.
Doing the walking tour clockwise, you will find it just pass the small lake on the way south toward Namarachi sector. The name is only in Japanese in front, so refer to the tourist office map to find it.
Written October 23, 2013
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ggm
Honolulu, HI1,479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Vivien W
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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AlexanderYee
Malaysia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Most likely the largest wooden building in the world, its a must visit for all who are st Nara!
It is within walking distant of Nara Park and surrounded by many other shops.
At this place, you will continue to see deer mingling with tourists.
Written March 30, 2018
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MPLCORD
Halifax, Canada98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
A well designed and ancient structure. The entire site is elegant. Just a few structures but each lovely on its own and well integrated.
Written July 23, 2016
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