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Kofukuji Temple

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Address: | 48 Noborioji, Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
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Second highest pagoda of Japan!

The main thing to see here is the "second highest" pagoda of Japan (the first one is at Toji Temple in Kyoto that I got to two days earlier) on the main temple grounds above a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Find it before Todaiji temple, high temple, beautiful, easy to find from Nara Station Must to see if you come to Nara

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The main thing to see here is the "second highest" pagoda of Japan (the first one is at Toji Temple in Kyoto that I got to two days earlier) on the main temple grounds above a high ground (just a short walk up the stairs); apart from the pagoda, there's the main temple building (paid entry, but no pictures allowed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Situated alongside Horyu-ji Temple (5 story pagoda) , it has some interesting items attached to the Buddha and was founded in 669AD. Outside the temple are good views of the pagoda

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This is a nice temple with pagodas. Just outside is also a nice pond with turtles in it. All in all nice and serene

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Not a must see. Over-priced. Just skip on to todaiji and other better attractions. Pagoda is free for entry but the queue is tremendous. Go early if you plan to go in!

Thank Jia Q
Chengdu, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Kofukuji is one of the eight monuments which are jointly listed as the World Heritage Site formally known as The Historic Mounments of Nara. It is situated on top of a hill near the Deer Park and it boasts an intriguing collection of monuments. There is a 13th century octagonal pavilion, the stone bases of former temples and two historic... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The pagodas are nice but definitely not worth paying the Y800 since all you get is access to 2 tiny shrine rooms. In every other city these would be impressive but in Nara-Kyoto perhaps not so much, especially in comparison to the magnificent Todaiji temple. You can see most of the structure from the outside. Also note that you have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Walk through Nara Park to get here. The first thing you see is the five story pagoda, a magnificent sight, in excellent condition. There is a lot to see here but not of lot of signs to explain the history. Worth reading TripAdvisor to bone up on the history. Makes good photos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

5 and 3 floor pagodas await here. 1000 yen to get into both. Nice views of harashima the old quarter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We hopped on Nara Bus tour for just 500yen. And it was all worth it. Though we did not avail sightseeing tour group, we still enjoyed going atound Nara. This temple particularly was impressive. Its architecture was elaborate and beautiful. I can only imagine how Japan was during the early decades..

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