Kofuku Ji, Nara

Currently Closed
  • Address: 48 Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8213, Japan
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-742227755
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Educational Site, Historical Site, Entertainment, Architecture
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About Kofuku Ji, Nara

Kofuku ji is one of the head temples of the Hosso sect of Buddhism. The temple was established in Nara in the year 710. At the height of Fujiwara power, the temple consisted of over 150 buildings! Today a couple of buildings still remain and hold great historic value. These buildings are the five story pagoda and the three story pagoda that one sees in the temple premises. At 50 meters, the five story pagoda is Japan's second tallest. The pagoda is a landmark as well as a symbol of Nara. It was built in the year 725 and was refurbished in 1426. The entrance to Kofuku ji temple grounds is free. However, entrance fees apply to Kofukuji's National Treasure Museum and the Eastern Golden Hall. The National Treasure Museum displays the temple's Buddhist art collection.

Kofuku Ji Ticket Prices

National Treasure Museum

  • Adults and university students: ¥600
  • Junior high and high school students: ¥500
  • Primary school students: ¥200
  • Discounts apply for groups.

The Eastern Golden Hall

  • Adults and university students: ¥300
  • Junior high and high school students: ¥200
  • Primary school students: ¥100
  • Discounts apply for groups.

Combined Ticket Rates: (The Kohfukuji National Treasure Museum & The Eastern Golden Hall)

  • Adults and university students: ¥800
  • Junior high and high school students: ¥600
  • Primary school students: ¥250

Kofuku Ji Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Kofuki ji National Treasure Museum timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • The Eastern Golden Hall timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

How To reach Kofuku Ji by Public Transport

  • Kintetsu Nara Station
  • Kencho-mae bus stop

Restaurants Near Kofuku Ji

  • To no chaya
  • Dorinkudoranku
  • Restaurant Kikusui

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Things to Know Before Visiting Kofuku Ji

  • 22.84% of people who visit Nara include Kofuku Ji in their plan

  • 41.51% of people start their Kofuku Ji visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Kofuku Ji

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

64.71% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kofuku Ji

People normally club together Nara Park and Nara National Museum while planning their visit to Kofuku Ji.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Kofuku Ji, Nara Reviews

  • Kōfuku-Ji is beautiful in its own right, but when compared to the many other temples in the area it really isn’t that impressive. You also need to pay 300 yen if you would like to enter the temple. All there is to see is a large Buddha statue, not as large as the Buddha in the tōdai-ji temple. I wouldn’t recommend paying to enter this temple. Save you money for tōdai-ji.

  • Such a beautiful park! I went twice in 2 days: one day to check all temples and walk among the deers and the second, during the early hours, for a run up the hill. This place is incredible

  • Amazing place to visit, beautiful old buildings that have been well maintained. While I was there the main temple was being refurbished but the pagoda was amazing. Also managed to go during the star festival which was amazing as the entire place was filled with candles. Definitely recommend visiting this area.

  • During our visit, there were a lot of students that made me miss having field trips back then. It's fun going here because you can buy deer crackers fur ¥150 to do some feeding, but be careful as well; the chase is fun but some deer bit and pull clothes. No worries though, slight tugs only. One of them got aggressive and started swinging their head at me so I threw a cracker at him/her and ran. Take photos and enjoy the company of the deer. Bowing heads together is so much fun! As for Kōfukuji, well, we just took photos outside. :)

  • Place of Japanese National Treasures. Opened on 710AD. Amazing beautiful old building architectures.

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