World Heritage: Gangoji Temple4.6
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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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38km) Google Transit
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4.06 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.
4.05 months ago
Classical and quiet temple in Naramachi
5.0a year ago
Coming Aug.16 to25, Naramachi-area will hold a Bon Holidays promenade fair! For the first time You can enjoy shopping around Naramachi in the mystic ambience of evening illumination! You can buy coupons for more rewarding discounts of foods and goods.
4.0a year ago
The oldest temple in Japan. Quite interesting...
3.0a year ago
Compared to other temples and shrines in Nara, Gongo-ji is relatively smaller and quieter, but it's still good to drop by here by walking through the streets to have that Japanese immersion.