Gangoji Temple

Sightseeing information about Gangoji Temple in Japan.

World Heritage: Gangoji Temple4.6

Go to this spotGoogle Transit

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.

Purposeelderly,world heritage,knows a lot about Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38km) Google Transit


4.08 months ago

Temple which is deceptively larger than it looks. Has excellent English explanations along with a large amount of treasures included in the 500 yen entry fee. As normal, there is no photography inside which seems to be a norm in Japan

2.02 weeks ago

I went to lots of even better and more beautiful temples Japan so this one just kinda dissapointed me due to the high entrance price.It is said to be a world heritage site with the design of the buildings but tbh if you travel around Wakayama esp kumano kodo you can find similar designs almost every where with no money charges

5.0a year ago

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!

5.010 months ago

It's amazing place to see the pleasure of Japan

5.05 months ago

Like all Japanese temples, it has a very pretty and peaceful aesthetic.

Spot Reviews (1)


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.

Read moreClose

All reviews

Touring plans