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Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara

#4 of 99 in Historic Sites in Nara
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
A major temples within a larger religious complex, Nigatsu-do Temple stands as a masterpiece of Japanese architecture dating back to 1669. The intricate wooden construction, featuring a classical curved rooftop and detailed carvings, remains a major draw for architecture buffs. If the design doesn't bowl you over, go up to the temple's balcony to enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding town. To visit Nigatsu-do Temple on your trip to Nara, use our Nara online road trip planner.
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  • The Nigatsu-do temple is one further milestone along the beautiful park of temples and shrines in Nara. It is located not too far behind te Todaji shrine and offers a beautiful view on the complex...  more »
  • There is a descent flight of stairs to climb to get to this temple but it is worth the view. The view from the balcony is across the Nara Park and to the city.  more »
  • We climbed up just before sunset on the advice of the tourist information office. We are glad we did sunset from the temple balcony was a beautiful sight. The are many lamps and paper lanterns that get switched on at dusk. It made for a magical walk back down to the park.
  • after enduring all the tourists at the big Todaiji temple this one was an awesome quiet spot to discover! You have a great view and can enjoy the calmness. It seems to be opened 24/7, so I guess watching the sunset or rise here would be great as well! Take the steps down and follow the path for a quiet walk!

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