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Kofuku-ji has a long history of 1,300 years. It has more than 100 national treasures and important cultural properties. One of them is the statue of Ashura which is a very unique statue of a body with several faces and arms. The five-storied Pagoda shows an interestingly layered roof and is also a popular spot for photos especially among foreign tourists. It is illuminated and its unique shape stands fantastically against the darkness of the night.
- 48 Noboriojicho, Nara-shi, Nara
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from Exit 2 of Kintetsu Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Kokuhokan, Tokon-do 9:00-17:00
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- Adults for Kokuhokan 600 yen, Tokon-do 300 yen, joint ticket 800 yen; high school students for Kokuhokan 500 yen, Tokon-do 200 yen, joint ticket 600 yen; junior high school students for Kokuhokan 500 yen, Tokon-do 200 yen, joint ticket 600 yen, elementary school students for Kokuhokan 200 yen, Tokon-do 100 yen, joint ticket 250 yen
- 30 minutes
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Statue of Ashura
There are valuable treasures in the Kokuhokan, the Kofukuji National Treasure Museum. The statue of Ashura is the most popular piece and it attracted around 950 thousand people when it was on display at an exhibition in Tokyo. People are mesmerized by its mysterious figure with three faces and six arms.
The five-storied pagoda is the symbol of Kofuku-ji. It has a height of 50 meters and is Japan’s second tallest wooden tower. It was originally built as a grave marker of Buddhist Gods. It looks mysterious when warmly lit up at night and mesmerizes visitors.
Tokon-do was constructed to pray for the cure of the Emperor who was ill at that time. There are three important cultural properties and four national treasures inside. You can take a photo with Tokon-do and the five-storied pagoda standing next to each one in one frame, the picture will present a scene of this place 1300 years ago.