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  • Gangoji Temple
  • Gangoji Temple

Gangoji Temple



In 718, following the transfer of the capital to Heijo-kyo (now known as Nara), Hokkoji Temple was relocated, becoming Gangoji Temple. During this period, Gangoji Temple stood amongst other great temples such as Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. The grounds of the temple stretched from what is now the southern end of Saruzawa Pond and encompassed the entirety of Naramachi. Though the temple gradually lost prominence in the Heian period, following the rise of the Jodo Shinko sect (Pure Land Faith) worshipers began to gather at the temple's Gokuraku-do Hall to see the Chiko Mandala illustrated panel. After the Kamakura period, in addition to attracting visitors to the Chiko Mandala, the temple became a site for worshipers of Shotoku Taishi and Kobo Taishi. Additional facilities were gradually added starting in 1943, leading to its present form.

Location Information

  • Address

    11, Chuincho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8392

  • Nearest Station
    Kintetsunara Station
    ・ Kintetsu-nara Line
    11 minutes on foot
  • Phone Number
    Available languages
    only in Japanese
  • Hours
    9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Closed
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