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Beautiful and can be included in Horyuji ticket

This temple is within the large Horyu-ji complex and definitely worth a visit. This small temple... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2016
betteskid
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中宮寺 [斑鳩] Chūgūji (Ikaruga)

Chūgūji contains a fascinating statue of a sitting bodhisattva with one leg crossed, a finger to... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2016
ART196
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“Beautiful and can be included in Horyuji ticket”
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1-1-2 Horyuji Kita, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun 636-0111, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

Y600 admission to view three beautiful old bhuddas and an embroidery, in a modern concrete monstrosity of a temple over a green foul smelling pond. Little else to redeem it!

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Reviewed 4 July 2016

This temple is within the large Horyu-ji complex and definitely worth a visit. This small temple has one of the most beautiful grouping of statues we saw in Japan. It was also a very tranquil place. I would include it in your visit to the...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Chūgūji contains a fascinating statue of a sitting bodhisattva with one leg crossed, a finger to the cheek, and lips playing a mysterious smile. The statue, a national treasure, is made from black camphor with a resinous lacquer finish, and appears to me, with its...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2015

This temple is a little far from Nara proper (in fact it is inside the Horyu-ji temple complex), however it is a must! The Miroku Bosatsu sculpture is the most beautiful thing I have seen in Japan. Other good thing is that a bit less...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2015

The 2 of us are still figuring out why we paid JPY500 to enter such a small place! So Nara is a place where all attractions have at least 10 awe-evoking places. This temple has none. Can miss for sure.

Thank ravpra
Reviewed 22 February 2015

Situated just to the east of Hōryū-ji, the main event at Chūgū-ji is one of the smallest, simplest and unassuming yet quietly beautiful buddha/bodisattva images in whole of Japan (Miroku Bosatsu == Sanskrit: Maitreya). It's a dark, moody camphor wood image of the Asuka period....More

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