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Kohfukuji Temple

興福寺

Kohfukuji Temple

興福寺

Right on the main road through Nara Park, World Heritage Kohfukuji Temple is marked by an impressive five storey pagoda, a symbol of Nara which still dominates the landscape. Without the usual grand front gate, the entrance is surprisingly low-key, indicated only by a sign board and a path leading to the main courtyard. The first building you encounter is the nondescript concrete National Treasure Museum, but don’t miss it: it is home to some of the best Buddhist carvings in Japan including the six-armed Ashura figure.

Just beyond is the Tokondo or East Golden Hall, which has an impressive Yakushi Nyorai Buddha. The five story pagoda next to the hall is the second tallest in Japan. The two octagonal halls and a second smaller pagoda look especially beautiful around sunset and when the temple is illuminated in February. They can also be accessed from the top of Sanjo Dori, next to Sarusawa Pond.

Established with the new capital in 710, it was the family temple of the powerful Fujiwara clan and covered most of what is now Nara Park, with over 150 buildings. In the Meiji period, during a wave of anti-Buddhist policies, much of the land was confiscated, but what remains is spectacular. Kohfukuji Temple is next to Nara National Museum, a few minutes walk from Todaiji Temple and Kasugataisha Shrine and just a few steps from the main shopping area. Directly opposite the temple complex, the Nara Prefectural Office has stunning views across Nara from the rooftop.

  • Treasure Hall will be closed from Jan 1 2017 to Dec 31 2017 for restoration work

Last update: 2016-11-10

Venue Details & Access Info
Address

48 Noboriojicho, Nara

奈良市登大路町48

Access

From Kintetsu Nara Station:
- 5 minutes on foot from the station.

Related VenuesThe Kohfukuji National Treasure Hall
Related EventsTsuinae Ceremony
Kohfukuji Takigi Noh
Nara Tokae

Name/address in local language

  • 興福寺 Kohfukuji Temple
  • address 奈良市登大路町48 48 Noboriojicho, Nara
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

Open all hours
Tokondo and Treasure Hall: 9:00 - 17:00

Closed on

Open all year round

Admission

Tokondo:
Adults: ¥300
Teenagers: ¥200
Children: ¥100

Treasure Hall
Adults: ¥600
Teenagers: ¥500
Children: ¥200

Set tickets:
Adults: ¥600
Teenagers: ¥600
Children: ¥250

*Group discount available
*Discounts available for disabled visitors

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)

Information in English

Remarks

Treasure Hall will be closed from 2017/1/1-2017/12/31 for construction work

Contact Details
Tel

0742-22-7755

Website

http://www.kohfukuji.com/english.html

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