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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5.06 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!
5.04 months ago
According to some of the information, this was one of the first Buddhist temples in japan, I’m super impressed with the amount of history here. You can really experience a lot of the evolution of the religion through the artifacts and relics. They have hundreds of historical artifacts to view.
4.05 months ago
I went there in the morning, it was very calm and relaxing. This temple is one of the earliest built in Japan. This place offers a good amount of explanations in English about buddhist rituals.
5.0a week ago
An outstanding cultural icon.
2.05 months ago
Waste of time and money (500 Y). Off the tourist path but don't bother. It likely has special significance in religious terms, but if you're not buddhist... skipping is recommended.