Gango-ji Temple

A Buddhist temple located in Chuin Town, Nara City. The temple was originally constructed as the Hoko-ji Temple (Asuka-dera Temple), Japan’s oldest Buddhist temple, by Soga no Umako in the end of sixth century. The temple was later moved to its current location and given a new name with the transfer of the capital to ancient Nara. In addition to being registered as part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara World Heritage Site, the temple’s Gokuraku-do hall, Zen meditation room, and five-tier pagoda are all designated National Treasures. Special themed exhibitions of the temple’s collection of artwork and treasures are held each year in spring and autumn in the special exhibition room of the temple’s Horin-kan hall.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Chuinchou 11 map map Map
9:00-17:00 (However, entry to the mountain is until 16:30)
open everyday
[Admission fee]
[Junior and high school students]300yen
[Elementary school students]100yen
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Classic Buddhist Temple of Great Antiquity
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.03.16
    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...
  • Its nice, but its not nearly as good as the other temples
    3.0 Reviewed : 2019.05.08
    The people who work here are nice. They also have a lot of artifacts that you can see. There are multiple buildings housing numerous Buddhist artifacts. Its peaceful and quiet. I got my 12th goshuin...
  • Peaceful
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.18
    This ancient and peaceful temple should be visited. Very few tourists. No selfie takers. Peaceful grounds. Breeze. Blossom.

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