Kofuku-ji , UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nara
We have put up two stories so far on Nara and we will keep on going with Kofuku-ji and Tōkon-dō (East Golden Hall).
For those who didn’t know about Nara, Nara is located in the Kansai Japan.
Nara (奈良市 Nara-shi) is the capital city of Nara Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The city occupies the northern part of Nara Prefecture, directly bordering Kyoto Prefecture. Eight temples, shrines and ruins in Nara, specifically Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji, and the Heijō Palace remains, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, collectively form “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. – Wikipedia.org
Nara is a beautiful city and it was the second city we visited on our first trip to Japan in January. Going to Nara is simple, you can either go on the JR train or Kintetsu trains from Osaka. We preferred the Kintetsu train and we bought the 3 days pass called the Kansai Thru Pass.
As we mentioned in our earlier posts, there is a tourist information center at the Kintetsu Nara Station and you can get the best information on Nara tourist sites. There is an English speaking lady who helped us a lot.
The nearest tourist attraction to the Kintetsu train Station is the Kofuku-ji. It is around 15 min walk from the station. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nara and you can see it on keychains, post cards, fridge magnets etc.
Kōfuku-ji (興福寺 Kōfuku-ji) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The temple is the national headquarters of the Hossō school and is one of the eight Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. – Wikipedia.org
At Kofuku-ji there are the Tōkon-dō (East Golden Hall) and the five storey pagoda, Goju-no-to.
The admission fees for the Tōkon-dō (East Golden Hall):
Adult: 300 Yen and above
Student: 100 Yen and above
We didn’t go into the Tōkon-dō (East Golden Hall) because we were rushing to other sites. There were upgrading works near the sites too. Hence, the pictures were gloomy due to the winter season.
Kōfuku-ji Address and Map:
Banchi 48 Noboriōji-chō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken