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Kiko-ji Temple 【Kikoji】

The temple was founded by the eminent Buddhist monk Gyoki Bosatsu in the fifth year of the Yoro era (721). It served as a base for his missionary activities to prepare for the construction of the Great Buddha Hall at Todai-ji Temple. Gyoki Bosatsu also passed away at this temple. The main hall is known as the "Experimental Great Buddha Hall," as it is said to have been built as a prototype for the Great Buddha Hall at Todai-ji. Renowned for its lotus flowers, the temple grounds are beautifully adorned with 250 lotus pots from mid-June to mid-August.

Basic Information

Address 508 Sugahara-cho, Nara City
Access 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Amagatsuji Station
20-minute walk from Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station
Inquiries Tel:+81-742-45-4630 / Fax:+81-742-81-7114
Website Kikoji Templce official Website (in Japanese only)https://kikouji.com/
Parking Available (Free parking)

Entrance Fee

Price (Individual) Adults: 500 yen
University students: 500 yen
High school students: 500 yen
Junior high school students: 300 yen
Elementary school students: 300 yen
Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m(Last entry at 4:00 pm.)


Events Kikoji Temple Monthly Fair: Every 2nd of the month
Gyoki-e Grand Festival: March 2nd
Lotus Road: Mid-June to Mid-August
Ullambana Sermon: 3rd Saturday and Sunday of July
Flower-Viewing Lotus Flowers: Mid-June to Mid-August, 200 Pots
Special Openings January 1st to 15th, Mid-June to Mid-August: Revealing the Hidden statue of Bentendo Shinei Ugajin-zou


Area Information

Nearby Locations

Saidai-ji Temple

1-1-5 Saidai-ji Shiba-cho, Nara 631-0825

Toshodai-ji Temple

13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara

Yakushi-ji Temple

457, Nshinokyo-cho, Naracity

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