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Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara

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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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  • About 10 minutes walk from Todai-ji Temple (see separate review) . The grounds with the deer around it , and the beautiful Pagodas - are worth trying/using your photographic talents . Don't bother to ...  more »
  • Five-story pagoda, Kasuga also great fantastic. Kasuga fewer people, it was a hot day or being a bit cool to do, comfortable and. And we worship.
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  • Kofuku-ji Temple with beautiful colored leaves is the South circle around. I'd watch to the end South circle Temple in front of the three-storied pagoda from Sarusawa pond.
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  • Such a beautiful park! I went twice in 2 days: one day to check all temples and walk among the deers and the second, during the early hours, for a run up the hill. This place is incredible
  • Amazing place to visit, beautiful old buildings that have been well maintained. While I was there the main temple was being refurbished but the pagoda was amazing. Also managed to go during the star festival which was amazing as the entire place was filled with candles. Definitely recommend visiting this area.
  • During our visit, there were a lot of students that made me miss having field trips back then. It's fun going here because you can buy deer crackers fur ¥150 to do some feeding, but be careful as well; the chase is fun but some deer bit and pull clothes. No worries though, slight tugs only. One of them got aggressive and started swinging their head at me so I threw a cracker at him/her and ran. Take photos and enjoy the company of the deer. Bowing heads together is so much fun! As for Kōfukuji, well, we just took photos outside. :)
  • Place of Japanese National Treasures. Opened on 710AD. Amazing beautiful old building architectures.
  • Nice temple. Nothing really interesting. Careful the main temple is under restoration.

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The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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