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Kofuku-ji Temple

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48 Noboriojicho, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-22-7755
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located near Nara park, the grounds have several tall pagodas. Construction on some structures. If you pass through before/after Nara park, its ok, but not worth seeking out.

Thank andrewhanhy
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

We went to the festival as soon as we got to Nara, suggested by the owner of the hostel we stayed. At night time with all the candel lights lit the atmosphere was magical.

Thank Some_Random _
Reviewed August 9, 2018

The Kofuku-ji Temple and the other World Heritage buildings in Nara are lit at night, and the city places thousands of candles in the park and along the steps of this temple, and the grounds of the adjacent parks. This takes place in the summer,...More

Thank Monty S
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

This temple is a world heritage site, and is situated along the way to the Central station. Did not manage to visit everything as the grounds we're partially under renovation/upgrading You can pay 900yen to view both the temple and the relics. The 5 storey...More

Thank Fangwen F
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

As you meander through Nara, it’s worth passing by the area this temple is in. There is a serenity in the evening and you can really admire the beauty of the cluster of buildings.

Thank EmilyHeatherMaher
Reviewed July 13, 2018

The main (Golden Hall) of the temple is currently being renovated and completely covered in scaffolding which is why you can only see the five story pagoda and the pavillon in the picture. The area is quite vast and impressive, though.

Thank kr0elle
Reviewed July 11, 2018

This is a spectacular Buddhist temple and the national headquarter of the Hosso (or East Asian Yogacara) school of Buddhist thought. It was originally built in the 7th century AD in what today is Kyoto, but was moved to its present location in 710. Like...More

Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed July 7, 2018

I am an aficionado of Buddhist shrines, and the Eastern Golden Hall is one of the most stunning I have seen anywhere in the world. The rest of the complex is all right, although one main temple is closed and under renovation. Also, we were...More

Thank cwarrenlaw
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Majestic . However not much different from other temples around the Kansai region. Short 10 minutes stroll from the train station (forgot the station name)

Thank hanisamirul
Reviewed June 16, 2018

This was the first temple that our Nara Student guide took us to after leaving the Kintetsu Station. It was less than a 10 minute walk. There were a couple of buildings to see as you wander through the temple grounds: South Octagonal Hall, 5...More

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Response from RoadToErudition | Reviewed this property |
No on going up. They arent meant for viewing that way, mores the pity.