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Address: 11 Chuincho, Nara 630-8392, Nara Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 742-34-1111
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Small temple but old

The temple was undergoing some renovations and restoration when we were there, so there was a fair bit of scaffolding around it. The workmen had painted the temple outlines on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2016

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A well designed and ancient structure. The entire site is elegant. Just a few structures but each lovely on its own and well integrated.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The temple was undergoing some renovations and restoration when we were there, so there was a fair bit of scaffolding around it. The workmen had painted the temple outlines on the cover surrounding the scaffolding so one could get an idea of the Temple. It had lots of history being over 1000 years old and was worth having a quick... More 

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New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

The oldest Buddhist temple in Japan is a mere shadow of its former glory today, and is somewhat off Nara's main tourist path, resulting in a wonderful place to visit - lots of history, very few people!

Thank Kuma M
Hong Kong
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Gangoji like all other temples at Nara, has remarkable history over at least 1000 years. Yet its scale pales against Kofukuji. If one has limited time at Nara, I suggest visiting Todaiji and Kofukuji first.

Thank Epicurius_at_large
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Not just that, but also very quiet which helps creating a mysterious atmosphere. The chanting of the Buddhist monks added even more.

Thank michiel81
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209 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

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... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Within walking distance from railway station. Close to Nara Park and Kofuku-ji Temple. It's worth seeing.

Thank simoneabcoutinho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

One of the oldest temples in Japan and OFF THE BEATEN PATH YES!! There were NO tourists there when we walked around ... and it was great ... truly peaceful experience in this nice temple.

Thank METRUN360
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

Getting to this temple seriously takes some time, it's really out of the way and not in the nucleus of the other temples. You will walk pass some neighborhood shops and stuff just continue walking straight and you'll reach there in no time. The temple itself is really well maintained, it looks older compared to Todaiji and Kofukiji because it... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This temple is a slightly out of the way from Nara Park but no more of walk than other temples, but is worth seeing. There are many signs closer to it showing you how to get here, although it's a bit of a blind walk from the beginning of Nara Park near Kofukuji through the traditional looking shops and homes.... More 

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