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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. To visit Kofuku-ji Temple and get the most from your holiday in Nara, create itinerary details personal to you using our Nara trip generator.
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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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  • Kofuku-ji Temple does not quite compare to the other temples in Nara Park but is still very much worth a visit.  more »
  • This will be your very first temple once you alight from Kintetsu Nara station, stopping by at the tourist info center. Just a 8 mins walk from the station & you will see the nice temple with its huge...  more »
  • It's the second largest wooden pagoda in Japan and is world heritage listed. Free entry to walk around and capture a photo - hopefully with the wild deer!  more »
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  • 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. :)
  • A nice area with some beautiful temple. Little is accessable without paying, though. After Nara Park and all its temples this was kind of a let down.
  • Beautiful temple located within the Nara Park. This is well known for it's Five Story Pagoda, which is said to be the second tallest pagoda in Japan (The tallest being the one in Toji Temple, Kyoto). This is also known to be a main landmark and the symbol of Nara with a great history that runs way back to 730 during which, it was initially built. Entrance to the temple grounds is free of charge. However for the Kofukuji National Treasure Museum and the Eastern Golden Hall, there is a fee.
  • I nice complex with some of the most important and beautiful buddhist temple of Nara. The surrounding is free, but there are entrance fees to enter in the pagodas.
  • Beautiful area where there are a few things to see. You have the shrine with the bell Nanendo on one side and the main Kofukuji Temple and the five Tiered pagoda on the other. Really amazing wooden structures that just look so old. The Pagoda was very impressive, large and stable.