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Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara

4.6
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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  • Had to hiked using the stairs. Tiring but totally worth it. Beautiful building with panoramic view from the top.  more »
  • Temple is close by the Todaiji temple, uphill. Nigatsu-dō or Second Month Hall as named after Shuni-e ceremony that is held in the second lunar month. Original temple from 9th century burnt during...  more »
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  • 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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