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Address: 11 Chuincho, Nara 630-8392, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-34-1111
09:00 - 16:30
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Wooden Temple and Eighth Century Miniature Pagoda

Set in a gorgeous, traditional neighbourhood of Nara, this small temple is off the main tourist trail, despite being only a short walk away from several major attractions such as... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Raymond W
Chengdu, China

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Devon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth a visit if you are in the area but don't go out of your way as there are plenty of better temples in the region.

Thank AndrewKen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We had a great experience of this beautiful ancient temple. We happened to visit during the setsubun festival on the 3rd of February. There was a buddhist ceremony, a fire walking ceremony, martial arts demonstrations and the soy bean throwing ceremony. I recommend visiting this temple along with the Nara-machi Koshi-no-ie (traditional house) and the Harushika Sake Brewery, which are... More 

Thank jenkle89
Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

Set in a gorgeous, traditional neighbourhood of Nara, this small temple is off the main tourist trail, despite being only a short walk away from several major attractions such as the Nara Museum. For those with a couple of days in this beautiful city, it is worth coming here to experience a quaint wooden temple set in a sea of... More 

Thank Raymond W
Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

A well designed and ancient structure. The entire site is elegant. Just a few structures but each lovely on its own and well integrated.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The temple was undergoing some renovations and restoration when we were there, so there was a fair bit of scaffolding around it. The workmen had painted the temple outlines on the cover surrounding the scaffolding so one could get an idea of the Temple. It had lots of history being over 1000 years old and was worth having a quick... More 

Thank AntarcticBound
New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The oldest Buddhist temple in Japan is a mere shadow of its former glory today, and is somewhat off Nara's main tourist path, resulting in a wonderful place to visit - lots of history, very few people!

Thank Kuma M
Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Gangoji like all other temples at Nara, has remarkable history over at least 1000 years. Yet its scale pales against Kofukuji. If one has limited time at Nara, I suggest visiting Todaiji and Kofukuji first.

Thank Epicurius_at_large
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Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Not just that, but also very quiet which helps creating a mysterious atmosphere. The chanting of the Buddhist monks added even more.

Thank michiel81
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

This was my second time coming to Gangōji, but in my Nara travels I was pursuing two complementary themes: firstly I was touring pagodas in the prefecture, and secondly I wanted to visit all of Nara’s traditional “7 Great Temples.” Gangōji is no longer a ‘great temple’ but it used to be a huge complex. Gangōji traces its origins to... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Within walking distance from railway station. Close to Nara Park and Kofuku-ji Temple. It's worth seeing.

Thank simoneabcoutinho

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