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Address: 11 Chuincho, Nara 630-8392, Nara Prefecture
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Wooden Temple and Eighth Century Miniature Pagoda

Set in a gorgeous, traditional neighbourhood of Nara, this small temple is off the main tourist trail, despite being only a short walk away from several major attractions such as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
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Chengdu, China

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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Set in a gorgeous, traditional neighbourhood of Nara, this small temple is off the main tourist trail, despite being only a short walk away from several major attractions such as the Nara Museum. For those with a couple of days in this beautiful city, it is worth coming here to experience a quaint wooden temple set in a sea of... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

A well designed and ancient structure. The entire site is elegant. Just a few structures but each lovely on its own and well integrated.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

The temple was undergoing some renovations and restoration when we were there, so there was a fair bit of scaffolding around it. The workmen had painted the temple outlines on the cover surrounding the scaffolding so one could get an idea of the Temple. It had lots of history being over 1000 years old and was worth having a quick... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

The oldest Buddhist temple in Japan is a mere shadow of its former glory today, and is somewhat off Nara's main tourist path, resulting in a wonderful place to visit - lots of history, very few people!

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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Gangoji like all other temples at Nara, has remarkable history over at least 1000 years. Yet its scale pales against Kofukuji. If one has limited time at Nara, I suggest visiting Todaiji and Kofukuji first.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Not just that, but also very quiet which helps creating a mysterious atmosphere. The chanting of the Buddhist monks added even more.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

This was my second time coming to Gangōji, but in my Nara travels I was pursuing two complementary themes: firstly I was touring pagodas in the prefecture, and secondly I wanted to visit all of Nara’s traditional “7 Great Temples.” Gangōji is no longer a ‘great temple’ but it used to be a huge complex. Gangōji traces its origins to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Within walking distance from railway station. Close to Nara Park and Kofuku-ji Temple. It's worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

One of the oldest temples in Japan and OFF THE BEATEN PATH YES!! There were NO tourists there when we walked around ... and it was great ... truly peaceful experience in this nice temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

Getting to this temple seriously takes some time, it's really out of the way and not in the nucleus of the other temples. You will walk pass some neighborhood shops and stuff just continue walking straight and you'll reach there in no time. The temple itself is really well maintained, it looks older compared to Todaiji and Kofukiji because it... More 

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