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Kofuku-ji Temple

Kofuku-ji Temple

The Kofuku-ji Temple, situated next to the Todai-ji Temple, was prosperous as a forerunner of "Buddhism for aristocrats" in the Nara period. Among the seven biggest temples of Nara, the Kofuku-ji Temple has developed through the closest relationship with the town of Nara. In the 3rd year of the Wado era (710), the Umayasaka Temple, the predecessor of the present Kofuku-ji Temple, was transferred from Asuka to the Nara capital by Fujiwara-no-Fuhito. Then, as a tutelary temple of the Fujiwara family, it extended its influence with the prosperity of the family. The temple was attacked by the Taira family in the fourth year of Jisho (1180), and most of the temple buildings were burned down. In the Kamakura period (1192-1333), however, the Fujiwara family took a position of the Military Commissioner of Nara, and eventually became so influential that they occasionally appealed to the Imperial Palace with soldier monks.

In the vast precincts of the temple are the Chukon-do Hall, the Tokon-do Hall, the Hokuen-do Hall, the Nan'en-do Hall, the Five-storied Pagoda, the Three-storied Pagoda, the Ooyuya Bathhouse, the Oomi-do Hall and the Treasure Hall, some of which were constructed in and after the Kamakura period. As for Buddhist sculptures, there are a lot of famous articles and masterpieces of the Tempyo era.

(The Chukon-do Hall will be completed in 2018.)

Basic Information

Address 48 Noborioji-cho, Nara City 630-8213
Access 5 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station
Inquiries Tel: +81-742-22-7755 Fax: 0742-23-1971
Barrier Free Accessibility One barrier-free access restroom
Website 興福寺ホームページhttp://www.kohfukuji.com/
Closed on Open all year
Parking Space for 46 cars available. Parking fee of 1000 yen

Entrance Fee

Price (Individual) Treasure Hall Entrance Fees:
Adults (General/University Students): 700 yen
Students (Junior High/High School): 600 yen
Children (Elementary School Students): 300 yen

Tokon-do Hall Entrance Fees:
Adults (General/University Students): 300 yen
Students (Junior High/High School): 200 yen
Children (Elementary School Students): 100 yen

Treasure Hall & Tokon-do Hall Set (For Both) Entrance Fees for groups & individuals:
Adults (General/University Students): 900 yen
Students (Junior High/High School): 700 yen
Children (Elementary School): 350 yen
Price (Group) Entrance Fees for Groups of 30 or more

Treasure Hall Entrance Fees:
Adults (General/University Students): 600 yen
Students (Junior High/High School): 500 yen
Children (Elementary School Students): 200 yen

Tokon-do Hall Entrance Fees:
Adults (General/University Students): 250 yen
Students (Junior High/High School): 150 yen
Children (Elementary School Students): 90 yen

Treasure Hall & Tokon-do Hall Set (For Both) Entrance Fees for groups & individuals:
Adults (General/University Students): 900 yen
Students (Junior High/High School): 700 yen
Children (Elementary School): 350 yen
Discount for Disabled Visitors Treasure Hall Entrance Fees:
Adults (General/University Students): 350 yen
Students (Junior High/High School): 300 yen
Children (Elementary School Students): 150 yen
Hours of Operation The Treasure Hall and the Tokon-do Hall are both open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last entry is at 4:45 p.m.)

Sightseeing

Events TSUINAE: May 3rd 18:30~20:00
NEHANE: 15. Feb 10:00~16:00
BUSSHOE: 8. April 9:00~16:00
HOJOE: 17. April 13:00~
MONJUE: 25. April 15:00~
TAKIGI-NOH(Firelight Noh): the 3 rd Friday and Saturday of May 17:30~
BENZAITEN Festival: 7. July
DAIHANHAE: 17. October 13:00~
Flower-Viewing Wisteria: Early May
National Treasures The Five-Storied Pagoda, Hokuendo, the Three-storied Pagoda and others
Special Openings 7th July: three-storied Pagoda
17th October: Nan-endo

AROUND

Area Information

Nearby Locations

Mount Wakakusa

469 Zoshi-cho, Nara

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art

10-6 Noborioji-cho, Nara 630-8213

Nara Park/Tobihino

Kasuga-cho, Nara

Yoshiki-en Garden

60-1 Noborioji-cho, Nara 630-8213

Nearby Accommodation

Daibutsukan

奈良市高畑町250

Noborioji Hotel Nara

40-1 Noborioji-cho, Nara-city, Nara

NARA UGAYA GUESTHOUSE

Nara, Okukomoricho 4-1

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