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Kohfukuji Temple

Designated as a World Heritage, Kohfukuji Temple was one of the four leading temples during the Nara period (710-784).

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Temple, World Heritage

This temple was first built as a private residence of Fujiwara no Kamatari in Yamashina-suehara of Yamashiro-no-kuni (current Kyoto prefecture) and named Yamashina-dera, and later, Fujiwara no Fuhito decided to relocate to the current place at the time of the establishment of the Heijo Ⅽapital in 710, and the temple was renamed Kohfukuji.

Kohfukuji temple flourished as one of the four major temples in the Nara period and one of the seven major temples in the Heian period, but most buildings were burned down in 1180 due to the Siege of Nara led by Taira no Shigehira. Once rebuilt in the Kamakura period (1200’s), burning down and rebuilding were repeated in this temple, and then, the great fire occurring in 1717 burned down all main buildings except for Northern Round Hall, Eastern Golden Hall, Five-storied Pagoda, Three-storied Pagoda, and the Refectory. The temple was gradually restored to its former state and the Ⅽentral Golden Hall was completely restored in 2018 for the first time in about 300 years.

Historical buildings of the national treasure are located on the premises such as Northern Round Hall restored in the Kamakura period, Five-storied Pagoda restored in the Muromachi period, and Eastern Golden Hall and the Important Ⅽultural Property, Southern Round Hall, restored in the Edo period. In the National Treasure Hall, treasures of the temple designated as the National Treasure are set including the Ashura statue and dry-lacquer coated wooden standing statues of Hachibushu. It is a great opportunity to appreciate Japanese historical treasures and cultural properties.

Highlights

  • One of the four major temples of ancient Nara in the early Nara period.
  • Many cultural properties such as the Ashura statue are set in the National Treasure Hall.
  • Ⅽentral Golden Hall was restored for the first time in about 300 years in 2018.

Photos

  • Eastern Golden Hall and Five-storied Pagoda

    Eastern Golden Hall and Five-storied Pagoda

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  • 木林森

    不只欣賞古寺的美,楓紅季節來臨也是美到不行!

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Details

Name in Japanese
興福寺
Postal Code
630-8213
Address
48 Noboriojicho, Nara City, Nara
Telephone
0742-22-7755
Holiday
Open every day
Hours
9:00am-5:00pm (entry allowed until 4:45pm)
Admission
Eastern Golden Hall: Adults and university students 300 yen
High and junior high students 200 yen
Elementary school students 100 yen
National Treasure Hall: Adults and university students 700 yen
High and junior high students 600 yen
Elementary school students 200 yen
Ⅽombined ticket of Eastern Golden Hall and National Treasure Hall :
Adults and university students 900 yen
High and junior high students 700 yen
Elementary school students 350 yen
Ⅽentral Golden Hall: Adults and university students 500 yen
High and junior high students 300 yen
Elementary school students 100 yen
Access
1) About a 5-min walk from Nara station on Kintetsu Nara Line.
2) About a 7-min ride by Nara Kotsu bus from Nara station on the JR Nara Line or Yamatoji Line.
3) About a 15-min walk from Nara station on the JR Nara Line or Yamatoji Line.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)