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Gango-ji Temple元興寺


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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place Nara Pref. Narashi Chuinchou 11
phone 0742231377

Review of Gango-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/10/14 A good early example of Nara era architecture.
A good early example of Nara era architecture however it tends to get lost among all the others. Not a lot to recommend it really. Nice main image, all the paraphernalia, etc., but love the stone...
Reviewed:2018/10/14 Less spectacular than the major temples of Nara, but not to be missed
Diminished, apparently, from once major status, now a smaller somewhat neglected temple but it still has a very calm atmosphere, good proportions, and features a small museum on the grounds with an...
Reviewed:2018/06/29 A peaceful and pleasantly tranquil place
Located among the narrow streets of the Naramachi district, often overlooked, It is one of the most ancient temples in Japan. All that remains is only a small part of what it used to be.




Nara Pref. Narashi Chuinchou 11 [map]



9:00-17:00 (Introductory until 16:30)
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] Adults 500 yen, junior high and high school students 300 yen, Elementary School Students 100 yen
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          With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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