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“A recommended stop if you are walking the old back street of the Naramachi Merchant Town”
Review of Gango-ji Temple

Gango-ji Temple
Ranked #15 of 186 things to do in Nara
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 9 June 2011

This temple is well described in the one other English review from last year and I will concur that it is a very serene place.
This largely comes from the fact that it is located in the back streets of the old merchant quarter of Naramachi and as such is visited by significantly less people than the main attractions in Nara Park.
The narrow streets of Naramachi are well worth visiting to stroll round an area which still retains architecture and feeling from old Japan.
The only issue is that it is not very Gaijin friendly in that there are very few English signs. In one way this is good because it keeps that traditional Japan feel , but is bad in the fact that you get to miss a lot of the history and culture.
Fortunately for this visit we had hired one of the free English speaking ‘goodwill guides’ from the Nara YMCA who provided factual and historical information that I had missed out on when visiting on my own and took us into places I had completely missed on my first visit such as a couple of the open Merchant houses and a couple of hidden museums in the back streets..

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Reviewed 2 July 2010

Many of Nara's attractions are impressive, and historic, but not all of them offer the sightseer such an enjoyable experience. I arrived hot and tired from other sightseeing on a sweltering summer day, and was instantly charmed and soothed by this beautiful temple. I walked barefoot on the tatami around the cool main hall, then sat on the wooden balcony gazing at the lovely garden full of ancient statues lost among black-eyed susan and blue bellflowers. Feeling refreshed I wandered the garden paths to find hidden treasures and picturesque views. Then I left reluctantly, taking many photographs and an unforgettable impression of Gango-ji. It satisfied my longing for that peculiarly Japanese sense of beauty - so natural, simple, and unpretentious that it's spiritual. So take your camera and prepare to be charmed!

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