Gangoji Temple

Sightseeing information about Gangoji Temple in Japan.

World Heritage: Gangoji Temple4.6

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At the center of Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara, lies one of Japan's oldest temples. Gangoji Temple is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and once was a huge temple comparable to Todaiji and Kofukuji Temples during the Nara period (710-794). The temple's tiled roofs are considered the oldest in Japan.

This spot is located a little away from the current center of Nara City, and you can enjoy a laid-back stroll with time seemingly flowing very slow. Based on a legend that a goblin was dispatched by a thunder god in this temple, there are many stone statues of goblins lying in the precincts. The natural stone in the north precinct, which looks like a toad, is also an tourist attraction.

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5.0in the last week

Not much to say that has not already been said, this temple is a far cry from its larger neighbor and does not pull in many tourists so feel free to give the... *ahem* friendly people a break and come here for a relaxing tour.

Sadly I was on a time limit and probably set the world speed record for power touring here, definitely missed some stuff!

5.0a month ago

Majestic place very rustic and spiritual, unfortunate that you need to pay money to go see the Buddha temple but it was a small affordable fee

4.09 months ago

Good temple with also artifacts and history (English caption). Good peaceful visit away from the tourist. There is a small museum with 2 floors about to view with captions and history on the temple. Also oldest roof tiles.
No pictures allowed in the gallery.
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5.02 weeks ago

Nice shrine

5.0in the last week

Good Place

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A quiet and old temple. You should start your Nara tour from here.

A quiet and old temple. You should start your Nara tour from here.

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