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Address: 406-1 Zoshicho | Todaiji Temple, Nara 630-8587, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-5511
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Much smaller than Todaiji but worth a look

This area adjoins next to the Todaiji area so is well suited to take in when visiting the bigger temple. It is smaller and up the hill so gets a nice view and is set in nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Glen Iris, Australia
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Glen Iris, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area adjoins next to the Todaiji area so is well suited to take in when visiting the bigger temple. It is smaller and up the hill so gets a nice view and is set in nice surrounds. Sitting on the deck area looking back to Nara is worth the walk up the hill.

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you take a short walk up the hill from Todai-ji hall, you'll get to Nigatsu-do temple. From the balcony, you get great views of Nara and the surrounding mountains, even on a rainy day (as when we visited). Unlike Todai-ji and other sites in Nara Park, this temple is not crowded - it is quiet and lends itself to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's beautiful hall from Todaiji temple, it overlooks the city of Nara. You can get an excellent view of the landscapes below from the balcony.

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Thank PhuaHK
Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You probably read there is no admission fee. The temple is on the hillside not far from Todaiji. No problem to reach it on foot. Once you climbed the stairs and turn left, you have a good view on Nara and the mountains around it. Should you not turn left but right, you will find a very small cafe like... More 

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Bagneux, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

二月堂は参道右手の丘の中腹に在り、その舞台からの奈良公園の眺めの良さで知られ、その為に此処を訪れる人も多い様です。二月堂はその名がお水取り(修二会)が旧暦2月に行われる事に由来する、国宝の建造物です。国宝と言う事から拝観出来る物が色々有ると想像すると大間違い、本尊の十一面観音菩薩像は絶対秘仏で拝観出来ないので、観れる物と云えば建物の外観と舞台からの景色位だけです。と云う訳で《眺め》の為に訪れるのも正解だと思いますが、訪れた日は今にも雨が降り出しそうな木曜日の午後で、学生さんの団体を避けられたので舞台はゆったり、ただ、奈良の町並みは霞んでいて、奈良の山々はその存在が判る程度でした。晴れの日はさぞかし眺めが良いだろうと思いつつ隣の法華堂に行きました。 Nigatu-Do or the Second Month Hall is classified national treasure, however you do not expect to see any Buddhist statue as visitors are not authorized to see the master pieces of the Hall. Visitors have to be satisfied to looking at the outside of the Hall and/or enjoying a nice view over the Nara city and mountains around from... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This place has a different feel to the other temples. It is also much quieter and gives you that more authentic experience. I'd recommend.

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Thank Rebecca N
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The best place for views of nara we walked from the buddha hall and the crowds lessened all the way when we arrived it was reasonably quiet, nice buildings to wander round without the crowds

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Nigatsudo Temple has wonderful views of Nara. There are several buildings that can be looked at both inside and outside. It is a little bit of a trek out to the temple but well worth it. I am not sure if any buses go out to this location as we walked all of Nara instead of taking buses.

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Surprise, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

It's a pretty good climb to the balcony (about 70 steps) but once there the view of Nara is very nice. There were quite a few people there when we visited, but nothing like the crowds at Todai-ji (Nigatsu-do Hall is part of the Todai-ji complex). We were there early afternoon; the view is supposed to be really special in... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Most visitors of Todaiji Temple often visit only the main attraction Daibutsuden, the hall that houses the famous bronze Nara Buddha, and skip the temple complex's smaller halls. Although they lack the grandeur of the main hall, the smaller halls are equally intriguing and beautiful masterpieces, and the most notable of all is the tall terrace Nigatsu-do. Literally translated as... More 

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