Although Gangoji Temple has been in its current location since 718 AD, it was actually the first temple in Japan, partly built in Asuka around 588 AD, before being relocated when Heijokyo became the new capital. It originally extended over much of Naramachi, until fires destroyed many of the original buildings. What survives is the large main hall, a Zen hall and a miniature pagoda that stands just over five metres tall. The pagoda is a National Treasure from the Tempyo era, and classified as a building, not an artifact; it could be Japan’s smallest building.
KANSAI NARA Treasure Travel
A tailored day tour to explore Nara's World Heritage Sites
Last update: 2022-06-09
- Venue Details & Access Info
11 Chuincho, Nara
From Kintetsu Nara Station:
- 15 minutes on foot from the station.
From JR Nara Station:
- 20 minutes on foot from the station.
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- 元興寺 Gangoji Temple
- address 奈良市中院町11 11 Chuincho, Nara
- Opening Time & Admissions
9:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Open all year round
*Group discount available
*Discounts available for disabled visitors
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