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Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara

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A major temples within a larger religious complex, Nigatsu-do Temple stands as a masterpiece of Japanese architecture dating back to 1669. The intricate wooden construction, featuring a classical curved rooftop and detailed carvings, remains a major draw for architecture buffs. If the design doesn't bowl you over, go up to the temple's balcony to enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding town. To visit Nigatsu-do Temple on your trip to Nara, use our Nara online road trip planner.
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  • The Nigatsu-do temple is one further milestone along the beautiful park of temples and shrines in Nara. It is located not too far behind te Todaji shrine and offers a beautiful view on the complex...  more »
  • There is a descent flight of stairs to climb to get to this temple but it is worth the view. The view from the balcony is across the Nara Park and to the city.  more »
  • We didn't get in so I can't say anything about the inside. But from the outside, it's quite impressive with its large columns. You have great views of the city  more »
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  • We climbed up just before sunset on the advice of the tourist information office. We are glad we did sunset from the temple balcony was a beautiful sight. The are many lamps and paper lanterns that get switched on at dusk. It made for a magical walk back down to the park.
  • after enduring all the tourists at the big Todaiji temple this one was an awesome quiet spot to discover! You have a great view and can enjoy the calmness. It seems to be opened 24/7, so I guess watching the sunset or rise here would be great as well! Take the steps down and follow the path for a quiet walk!
  • Nigatsu do has a splendid view of Nara once you reach the top balcony! It's also just a beautiful short walk getting up there in general and altogether. Super photogenic places all around. So pretty.
  • One of our favorite temples in Japan, Nigatsu Do is a walk away from majestic Todai ji, and you can't miss its beautiful terrace with a great view over Nara. Hopefully it won't be crowded, and you will sit on one of the wooden benches and enjoy the view, else you can enter the rest area, take off your shoes and have a nice cup of barley tea on the tatami, offered by the monks. Thanks!
  • Nicest surprise in Nara. Most people visit Todai-ji and Kasuga-taisha but only few venture to this temple though in my oppinion it's just as good. The temple and surroundings are very picturesque and the view from the terrace is nice as well. They've also turned one of the side buildings into a chill area where you can enjoy a cup of free barley tea (+water) sitting on traditional Japanese tatami mats and soaking up the atmosphere. Walking around the grounds is free except for entering the Hokkedo Hall which they charge 500¥ for iirc.

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