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Nigatsu-do Temple

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Address: 406-1 Zoshicho | Todaiji Temple, Nara 630-8587, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-22-5511

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Beautiful walk

It was an amazing walk on the way up to the temple but also the views across the city. Beautiful temple and beautiful nature around. A little bit crowded but absolutely worth it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2016
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

It was an amazing walk on the way up to the temple but also the views across the city. Beautiful temple and beautiful nature around. A little bit crowded but absolutely worth it.

Thank mariajigo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

This temple, literally "February Temple" (nearby is the "April Temple") is just a short walk away from the popular Todaiji Temple, but the difference in crowd levels are immense. This is a great place to get away from the crowds. Take a short walk around the grounds to soak in the peaceful and zen atmosphere, while enjoying the beauty and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

What a lovely wooden structure with great balcony overlooking tree tops, roofs, hills and the city of Nara. A little of a climb of steps one way up and around the balcony then one way down the other side. Free attraction

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The temple is quite compact and the Main Hall has a large terrace with a very good view across the park and Nara. The architecture of the main hall, bell tower and other buildings is very beautiful. As we walked across the complex square to the Main Hall we were approached by a number of primary school children to complete... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Best view in Nara, especially around the sun-set, but even in daytime and in dusk. Short climb up from Todaji entrance and pond. Marvellous!

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Nigatsu-do is a beautiful temple complex in Nara park, it also offers a beautiful panoramic view of Nara. It is a long climb though.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Don't miss this temple complex located past the Todaiji, and up quite a few steps to the lower hillside overlooking Nara. The buildings and various water features, shrine (donation stele) are fascinating and not to be missed as you explore the greater Nara park area

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This temple is higher up the hill than Todaji and has good views back towards Nara. Its fairly small so doesn't take long to go around and has a decent food place near by too. It's free to go around and there's a small free refreshment hall near the top too where you can have free green tea and a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We were still jet lagged so we left 6 am from Osaka Namba station and took the train across and walked past the main temples as they weren't open yet. Getting here first was nice without a ton of tour groups. They have free water and tea (they just ask you wash the mug) and washrooms at the top as... More 

Thank KarolaRS
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Most visitors come to Nigatsu-do Temple in the day time to have a view of Nara, actually it is open for 24 hours. What I recommend is, to walk from Kasuga Grand Shrine (around 1.5km), at dusk. Along the way, sits a trail to Wakakusa Hill. Nigatsu-do Temple is a good sunset spot. After sunset, all lamps in Nigatsu-do Temple... More 

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