Gangoji Temple

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Gangoji Temple

元興寺

Gangoji Temple

元興寺

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.

Venue Details & Access Info
Address

11 Chuincho, Nara

奈良市中院町11

Access

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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Name/address in local language

  • 元興寺 Gangoji Temple
  • address 奈良市中院町11 11 Chuincho, Nara
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

9:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)

Closed on

Open all year round

Admission

Adults: ¥500
Teenagers: ¥300
Children: ¥100

*Group discount available
*Discounts available for disabled visitors

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

English

Information in English

Information in Chinese

Information in Korean

Contact Details
Tel

0742-23-1377

Fax

0742-23-1378

Website

http://www.gangoji.or.jp/tera/eng/top.htm

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