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Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara

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World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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Visit Kofuku-ji Temple, one of the “Seven Great Temples of Nara.” Dating back to the 7th century, the temple was destroyed and restored numerous times, and forms part of the World Heritage Site of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara. Roaming the spacious complex, you can admire its historic buildings and pagodas, the remnants of the once vast grounds, which used to contain 175 structures. Step into the Eastern Golden Hall to view the revered image of the “Healing Buddha," or visit the Treasure House to observe an extensive collection of artworks and relics from the former temple buildings. Make Kofuku-ji Temple a centerpiece of your Nara vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Nara attractions planner.
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  • Just 5 - 10 mins walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, Kofuku-ji Temple is hard to miss: It’s the huge temple compound that contains the towering pagoda. The temple was built in 730, and it became the... 
    Just 5 - 10 mins walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, Kofuku-ji Temple is hard to miss: It’s the huge temple compound that contains the towering pagoda. The temple was built in 730, and it became the...  more »
  • The five storied pagoda is a quick walk (10-15min.) distance from the train station and depending on which route you take, probably the first milestone you will encounter in Nara. It could be... 
    The five storied pagoda is a quick walk (10-15min.) distance from the train station and depending on which route you take, probably the first milestone you will encounter in Nara. It could be...  more »
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  • Another large temple complex. It’s worth nothing that there is little to no tree cover so on a sunny day you’re going to cook. This also is going to make photography difficult for any armature photographers. The staff was incredibly friendly and gave each of my children an origami “shika.” Recommended for about 30 minutes.
  • Once we climbed the slope in front of the campus, we saw some quiet deer. That's an exciting moment. They were so tender, just looked us peacefully. We entered the central golden hall, then spent some time with deer and left. This temple was the first Buddhist temple we visited in Japan; architectures were more exquisite, different from shrines.

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