Gojunoto(The Five-Storied Pagoda) of Kofukuji Temple
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I think that Gojunoto(the five-storied pagoda) of Kofukuji is one of the very famous ones in Nara.
Since the impression of the pagoda changes depending on where you see it, I recommend you to see it from various directions.
[ Way to Gojunoto(The five-storied pagoda) ]
Gojunoto of Kofukuji Temple is about 1300 meters from JR Nara station and about 700 meters from Kintetsu Nara station.
It is possible to go by bus from JR Nara station to Kintetsu Nara station.
However, many tourists walk there along the Sanjo Street.
Along the Sanjo Street there is Mausoleum of Emperor Kaika and small temples.

Mausoleum of Emperor Kaika

Temple along Sanjo Street

There are also souvenir shops and restaurants.
You will be able to go to Gojunoto of Kofukuji Temple without being bored.
If you see a pond on your right, Gojunoto is nearing.

In front of Sarusawa pond

In front of the pond, there are stone steps rising to the left, an uphill slope and a road around the pond.
You can go to Gojunoto as soon as you go uphill.
As you go up the stone steps you can go to Gojunoto via Sanjunoto(the triple-storied pagoda) and the Nan'endo Hall.
[ Gojunoto(The Five-story Pagoda) seen from Sarusawaike pond ]
If you are going to enjoy Gojunoto more, I recommend walking around the pond in a counterclockwise direction.
This is a pond named Sarusawaike.
It is a pond of the population made about 1,300 years ago due to the ceremony called Hojoe of Kofukuji Temple.
There are walking streets around the pond and you can go around it.
You can see Gojunoto of Kofukuji Temple.

Gojunoto of Kofuku-ji seen from the promenade of Sarusawa pond

Gojunoto of Kofuku-ji seen from the promenade of Sarusawa pond

When there is no wind, the pagoda in the pond is also beautiful.
And you can enjoy various five-story towers depending on the seasons, the season when the green leaves grow, the season when the trees leaves turn red, the seasons of the cherry blossoms bloom.
There is a bench in the southwest of the pond.

Benches on the banks of Sarusawa pond

This picture was taken at quarter past eight in the morning, so no one sits down, but many tourists are taking a break in the daytime.
You can see the pagoda from the bench like this.

Gojunoto seen from the bench

Although it is a very hot season now, there are many tourists sitting on the bench and looking at Gojunoto relaxedly despite it.
[ Gojunoto(The Five-storied pagoda) of Kofukuji Temple ]
When you reach the northeast of the pond, there are stone steps called Gojunidan.

Stone steps called Gojunidan

In front of the stone steps there is an intersection called Rokudo noTsuji.
I will go up stone steps.

Gojunoto seen in the top of stone steps

The height of Gojunoto(The five-storied pagoda) is about 50 meters.

Gojunoto of Kofukuji Temple

It is the second highest wooden pagoda in Japan.
The pagoda of Tojo in Kyoto is the highest.
We usually cannot enter the pagoda.
There are days when we can visit specially occasionally, but there are no plans for observation soon.
[ The images enshrined in Gojunoto(The Five-storied Pagoda) of Kofukuji Temple ]
The name of the images which are enshrined in the pagoda is written in the wooden board.

A wooden board written the name of the images enshrined

In the pagoda, there are images of Yakushisanzonzo, images of Shakasanzonzo, images of Amidasanzonzo, and images of Mirokusanzonzo.
[ The stone lantern in front of Gojunoto (The Five-storied Pagoda) of Kofukuji Temple ]
There is a stone lantern in front of the pagoda.

Stone lantern in front of Gojunoto of Kofukuji Temple

The lantern is about 500 years old.
There is a stone on the ground behind the lantern.

Stone pedestal behind stone lantern

A pattern is carved on the stone.
The stone is the base of the stone lantern that was in the time the pagoda was founded.
[ Gojunoto(The Five-storied pagoda) and Tokondo Hall ]
There are many tourists taking pictures of Gojunoto.
And since Tokodo Hall is nearby, there are many tourists taking pictures of both Gojunoto and Tokondo Hall.

Gojunoto and Tokondo Hall of Kofukuji Temple

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
(1)Mausoleum of Emperor Kaik: N34.68211 E135.82439
(2)Northwest of the Sarusawaike pond: N34.68184 E135.83044
(3)Gojunoto (The Five-storied pagoda) of Kofukuji temple: N34.68245 E135.83223


(August 3, 2018)

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