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a gorgeous place! Mar 27, 2015
Gango-ji was one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara. Founded by Soga no Umako, it is among the oldest temples in Japan, having been moved from Asuka to Nara in 718. All that remains of the original building is the Zenshitsu hall at the rear.

the entrance fee to the temple is 400 yen.

The present day size of Ganjoji is but a small fraction of the original temple complex but many important treasures remain. These include the higashi-daito-ato (remains of the eastern five-storied tower), nishi shotoin ato (remains of the western small pagoda hall) and Gangoji Gokuraku-bo keidai (remains of the southeast meditation and lecture hall).

The temple complex now is located a few minutes walk south-east of Kintetsu Nara station. The temple is much smaller than it used to be in its heyday but it is still quite impressive to look at, based on its long history and its connection with the early founding of Buddhism in Japan. The main prayer hall is the Gokurakudo, which was the home of Chiko, and the Zenshitsu or the Meditation hall. In the main hall you can still see some of the important cultural relics such as the images of Buddha.

Please make sure to take off your shoes before you enter the hall, and note that photography inside the hall is permitted, unlike many Buddhist temples.
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