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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4.0in the last week

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

5.0a week ago

Super peaceful place, inside the main hall you can get more explanations about buddhism and meditation.

4.0a month ago

If you want a more peaceful temple with fewer people and time to relax, then o would recommend this temple.

5.02 months ago

It's amazing place to see the pleasure of Japan

5.010 months 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!

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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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