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Kofukuji Temple

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Address: | 48 Noborioji, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 742-22-7755
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Now that's a pagoda

Walk through Nara Park to get here. The first thing you see is the five story pagoda, a magnificent sight, in excellent condition. There is a lot to see here but not of lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The pagodas are nice but definitely not worth paying the Y800 since all you get is access to 2 tiny shrine rooms. In every other city these would be impressive but in Nara-Kyoto perhaps not so much, especially in comparison to the magnificent Todaiji temple. You can see most of the structure from the outside. Also note that you have... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walk through Nara Park to get here. The first thing you see is the five story pagoda, a magnificent sight, in excellent condition. There is a lot to see here but not of lot of signs to explain the history. Worth reading TripAdvisor to bone up on the history. Makes good photos.

Thank ShaneABurke
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

5 and 3 floor pagodas await here. 1000 yen to get into both. Nice views of harashima the old quarter.

Thank lforest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hopped on Nara Bus tour for just 500yen. And it was all worth it. Though we did not avail sightseeing tour group, we still enjoyed going atound Nara. This temple particularly was impressive. Its architecture was elaborate and beautiful. I can only imagine how Japan was during the early decades..

Thank limlau
Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Kofukuji complex consists of a number of buildings including a buddhist temple and 5-tiered pagoda (which for me is the highlight). Great shadows were cast in the setting sun - best time to photograph these structures. The main temple was under reconstruction during our visit but this was only a marginal annoyance. Really interesting site - a UNESCO World... More 

Thank FairCityFrasie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I arrived Kofukuji after the opening time, so, I just walked around and did not expect much from this walk. However, I was impressed by the main hall and the five-story pagodas standing next to it in the sunset. It was such a breathtaking image! Then I walk to the back hall and also could see the three-story pagodas from... More 

Thank PH J
Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This has an awesome and huge structure which looks even more grand as it stands against the blue sky. The intricacy of work, the wood used, the carvings.. Everything adds to the glory. The deer is another attraction here. Initially I was very excited to find spotted Deer just hanging around, but they are very bold and snatch any edible... More 

Thank Pulkita P
Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The temple compound is quite large and populated with wild (sacred) deer. There are two truly ancient pagodas on the site, the taller, five tiered one has a wonderful sacred feel to it inside. The smaller pagoda is also ancient and somewhat impressive. I don't know that you need to spend ¥1000 per person to go in both, certainly if... More 

Thank Marcus W
Busan, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

After you're finished being awed by the magnificent Buddha and buildings at Todai-Ji, you should take a walk through Kofuku-Ji on the way back to Nara Station. It's free and less crowded than the more famous Todai. It's not as magnificent, either, but would be more impressive almost anywhere else. It has a couple of giant pagodas (one of which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, this temple is one of the 8 UNESCO world heritage sites in Nara. It's also a unique sight because it's surrounded by deer!

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