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  • Kofukuji Temple Tokondo And Five-Story Pagoda

  • Five-Story Pagoda Kofukuji Temple And Three (Sanju-no-to) Story Pagoda

  • Kofukuji Temple Tokondo (The Eastern Golden Hall)

  • Kofukuji Temple Tokondo (The Eastern Golden Hall)

  • Kofukuji Temple Nanendo (South Octagonal Hall)

  • Kofukuji Temple Nanendo (South Octagonal Hall)

  • Sacred Deer Kofukuji Temple In Nara

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Facts & Figures

The Kofukuji Temple complex belongs to the "Four Great Temples" of the Nara period. In 1998 the Buddhist temple was named a UNESCO Worl Heritage Site. The complex is listed as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" and includes two pagodas. Best Ryokans in NaraExplore Ryokans in Nara
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The Three-Story Pagoda (sanju-no-to) is located on the west and the Five-Story Pagoda (goju-no-to) on the east. The Five-Story Pagoda is with 50.1 meters the second highest pagoda in Japan and a symbol of Nara. Other important sightseeing spots are the Treasure House (Kokuhokan), Nanendo (Southern Octagonal Hall), the Hokuendo (Northern Octagonal Hall) and the Eastern Golden Hall (Tokondo). Kofukuji Temple is also the national headquarter of the Hosso school.

  • The Eastern Golden Hall:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (all year)
  • Admission fee - 300 yen (Adults), 200 yen (High school students), 100 yen (Primary school students)
  • The Kofukuji National Treasure Museum:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (all year)
  • Admission fee - 600 yen (Adults), 500 yen (High school students), 200 yen (Primary school students)

History

Kofukuji Temple was originally located in Kyoto and in 710 moved for the second time to its current position in Nara. It was the temple of the Fujiwara family, a powerful clan of regents during Nara and Heian Periods. In the old days the temple consisted of more than 150 buildings.

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The Kofukuji Temple complex is located near Kintetsu Nara Station.
Address: 48 Noboriōji-chō, Nara, Nara Prefecture

How to get to Kofukuji Temple?

  • 7min from Kintetsu Nara Station served by Nara and Kyoto Line or
  • 20min from JR Nara Station served by Yamatoji, Nara, Gakkentoshi, Sakurai Line or
  • 6min from JR Nara Station by bus to Kencho-mae stop

Sightseeing spots

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Eastern Golden Hall (Tokondo) - overall there are 3 golden halls, built in 1415 and open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Central Golden Hall (Chukondo) - the building is currently under construction and will be completetd in 2018

Five-Story Pagoda (goju-no-to) - current building was constructed in 1426, after Kyoto's Toji Temple the second tallest pagoda (50.1m) in Japan

Three-Story Pagoda (sanju-no-to) - the pagoda dates back to the beginning of Kamakura period 1185 - 1274

Northern Octagonal Hall (Hokuendo) - a reconstruction of the original building from 1210, it was built to honor the first anniversary of the death of Fujiwara Fuhito

Southern Octagonal Hall (Nanendo) - first built in 813, this reconstruction dates from 1789, the hall is number nine of West Japan's famous thirty-three temple pilgrimages route

Kofukuji's National Treasure Museum - on display are parts of the great art collection of the temple, if you love Buddhist art this is a must-see

Omido - known as "Hall of Thirteen Bells", building dates back to 1580

Fudo Hall - built during the Meiji era, it contains an image of Fudo Myo-o (one of the important deities of Japanese Buddhism)

Bath House (Oyuya) - this Important Cultural Property dates back to the Muromachi era (1333-1587), it houses two huge iron cauldrons for heating water

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

March

Ceremony in Memory of Genjoh (5th)
This event takes place at the main office complex.

April

Buddha's Birthday Ceremony (8th)
Ceremony will be held at the Southern Octagonal Hall.

Life Releasing Ceremony (17th)
Ceremony will be held at the Hitokoto-Kannon Hall.

Manjusri Ceremony (25th)
Event takes place in the Eastern Golden Hall (Tokondo).

May

Takigi Noh (11 - 12th)
Watch great performances of Noh drama at the Southern Main Gate.

July

Benzaiten Festival (7th)
The festival is held at the Three-Story Pagoda (sanju-no-to).

October

Daihannya Ceremony (17th)
This event takes place at the Southern Octagonal Hall (Nanendo).

November

Ceremony in Memory of Jion Daishi (13th)
The Priest Jion Daishi was the forefounder of the Hosso Sect of Buddhism in China. The ceremony is held at Kari-kondo (north of the Central Golden Hall - Chukondo).

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