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Gango-ji Temple, Nara

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Take a look at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gango-ji Temple, a once-sprawling complex of buildings with a main temple that stands out as one of the oldest in the country. Observe its picturesque structure, and notably the tile roofing called "gyokibuki," one of the oldest known examples of the technique of partially overwrapping tapered roof tiles. Generally a peaceful place to visit, the temple is somewhat overshadowed by larger counterparts in the region, making it a good spot to escape the crowds and conpemplate the rich history. Plan to see Gango-ji Temple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Nara trip itinerary planner.
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  • An amazing structure built in the 600's, then pulled down and moved to the current site in Naramachi, Nara in the 700's, using the same materials.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ar...  more »
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  • Coming Aug.16 to25, Naramachi-area will hold a Bon Holidays promenade fair! For the first time You can enjoy shopping around Naramachi in the mystic ambience of evening illumination! You can buy coupons for more rewarding discounts of foods and goods.
  • Compared to other temples and shrines in Nara, Gongo-ji is relatively smaller and quieter, but it's still good to drop by here by walking through the streets to have that Japanese immersion.
  • Well.. I didn't quite get to visit the temple itself but there is a good sake/drink bar opposite (next to the teppanyaki restaurant)) oft that can offer you a tasting of sake qualities.
  • A peaceful temple, simple, sober. Some English informations, lavatories, little museum...
  • Surrounded by large grounds make it stand out.