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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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  • 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 »
  • Walking through this temple complex is almost like living a Miyazaki story, walking timelessly between free deer and pagodas, just free your mind and enjoy it!  more »
  • I really like it here. Along with buddhas I am very drawn to pagodas and Kofuku-Ji has some wonderful examples including the 2nd tallest one in Japan, along with a lovely atmosphere. Due to time...  more »
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  • Oh deer, all the deer. They are kinda like a cross between a deer and a goat. Don't do the crackers, it's just way too touristy and if you don't give them up right away they start to charge you. Also, they aren't the cleanest animals either. The temples were cool and the view of Nara. Definitely have to do it, just don't get head butted by a deer.
  • Drop by the museum up north of it for an explanation of the images inside. I won't spoil all the fun but the main piece is a massive Miroku image surrounded by other figures that you can learn about at the museum and then pay a real visit to!
  • Came across here randomly at night - and there was a beautiful little light show with a large crowd. Very romantic.
  • The true spirit of Japan is embedded in this Temple, next (or in the middle) of the Nara "Deer" park. This spot is as relaxing as it can get.
  • A really great place to visit ... so intetedting n cultural .. worthy of a revisit

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