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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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Another interesting temple

Situated alongside Horyu-ji Temple (5 story pagoda) , it has some interesting items attached to the Buddha and was founded in 669AD. Outside the temple are good views of the pagoda

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Situated alongside Horyu-ji Temple (5 story pagoda) , it has some interesting items attached to the Buddha and was founded in 669AD. Outside the temple are good views of the pagoda

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a nice temple with pagodas. Just outside is also a nice pond with turtles in it. All in all nice and serene

Thank Jan-Paul D
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a must see. Over-priced. Just skip on to todaiji and other better attractions. Pagoda is free for entry but the queue is tremendous. Go early if you plan to go in!

Thank Jia Q
Chengdu, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kofukuji is one of the eight monuments which are jointly listed as the World Heritage Site formally known as The Historic Mounments of Nara. It is situated on top of a hill near the Deer Park and it boasts an intriguing collection of monuments. There is a 13th century octagonal pavilion, the stone bases of former temples and two historic... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank cuckatoo
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 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 

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