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Gango-ji

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4.2 (1904)

Japan, 〒630-8392 奈良県奈良市中院町11

Ancient Buddhist temple in a garden setting featuring a sloping tiled roof & a tranquil atmosphere.

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Mondays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Michael Cornel 2 months ago

We looked from the outside because of the interesting history of this temple. We were told some parts of the roof are still original, wow! We didn't go inside mainly because the entry fee was 500 yen which is probably fair if you want to stay a little longer and enjoy all the details. But for just to take a look for a few minutes we thought it wasn't worth it.

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J M 7 months ago

Very nice temple in the middle of old town of Nara, we visited during weekday, it's not busy, it offers the peace and tranquillity other over-tourism temples don't have.

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Nicola 9 months ago

Surely not the most iconic place in Nara, however it has its own history. A priest and his followers are keeping the shrine lively, you might see them roaming around in the garden during the day. There's an ancient section of the roof with many original tiles.

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Éamon M 9 months ago

If you want to visit a temple in Nara with a respectable historical background AND not too many tourists roaming about, Gangoji may be worth a visit, although there are no outright breathtaking views. Unfortunately not everything is translated in English, so it's very much possible that I was not fully able to grasp the historical importance of this place, which seems to be related to the very origins of Japanese Buddhism

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Shingo 2 years ago

(Trip was made back then on 20 Nov 2019, 2 years before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit) Visited Gamgoji Temple during my last trip 2 years ago in Nov 2019. Even though it’s not as well known as the other famous temples in Nara, its humble exterior exudes a peaceful and calming beauty which you could feel as you walk along its temple grounds, and is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nara It’s tucked away among the narrow winding streets of Naramachi district, which you can also enjoy the neighbouring sights as part of the route. Do take note that there is an entry fee of 500yen.