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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)

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Facts & Figures

The Kofukuji Temple complex belongs to the Seven Great Temples of Nara. 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 Kofukuji National Treasure Museum (Kokuhokan), Nanendo (Southern Octagonal Hall), the Hokuendo (Northern Octagonal Hall), Eastern Golden Hall (Tokondo) and Central Golden Hall (Chukondo). 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 (cash only) - 300 yen (Adults), 200 yen (High school students), 100 yen (Primary school students)
  • The Central Golden Hall:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (all year)
  • Admission fee (cash only) - 500 yen (Adults)
  • The Kofukuji National Treasure Museum:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (all year)
  • Admission fee (cash only) - 600 yen (Adults), 500 yen (High school students), 200 yen (Primary school students)

History

Kofukuji Temple was originally located in Kyoto and known as Umayasaka-deraand. The construction of Kofukuji was finished in 669. The temple was moved to Fujiwara-kyo in 672. In 710 the temple was moved for the second time to its current position in Nara (former capital of Japan from 710 - 794). 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 and covered most of what is known now as Nara Park. Nearly 300 years ago the main temple hall of Kofukuji, also called the Central Golden Hall, burnt down completely. But here comes the good news in October 2018 the long reconstruction phase was over and the Central Golden Hall was open for the public again.

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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) - The hall was built in 1415 and contains a large statue of Yakushi Buddhaoverall surrounded by three Boddhisattva, a seated image of the Indian Buddhist sage Vimalakirti (Yuima Koji), Four Heavenly Kings (Shitenno) and the Twelve Heavenly Generals (Junishinno).

Central Golden Hall (Chukondo) - The reconstruction of the building was completed in 2018, after it burned down in 1717. It serves now as the temporary Lecture Hall.

Five-Story Pagoda (goju-no-to) - The current building/pagoda was constructed in 1426. It is after Kyoto's Toji Temple Pagoda 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. You will find there an exhibition of important Buddhist paintings.

Northern Octagonal Hall (Hokuendo) - It is a reconstruction of the original building from 1210. Hokuendo was built to honor the first anniversary of the death of Fujiwara no Fuhito (659 - 720), a very powerful member of the imperial court of Japan.

Southern Octagonal Hall (Nanendo) - Nanendo dates back to 813. The current reconstruction was finished in 1789. The hall is number nine of West Japan's famous thirty-three temple pilgrimages route.

Kofukuji's National Treasure Museum - If you love Buddhist art this is a must-see. You will find there a collection of the best Buddhist carvings in Japan. The absolute highlights are the Ashura Statue (one of the Buddha's 8 protectors) with 6 arms and 3 faces, one of the most famous Buddhist statues in Japan and the bronze head of the Healing Buddha (Yakushi Nyorai).

Omido - Omido is known as "Hall of Thirteen Bells". The building is dating back to 1580.

Fudo Hall - Fudo Hall was 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 and an earthen floor, also called an adobe floor.

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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