The pagoda ruins of Gangoji temple

The tourist spot that I will introduce today are the pagoda ruins of Gango-ji temple in Nara.
The origin of Gangoji is the first temple in Japan.
[ Hokoji temple ]
It was around the middle of the 6th century when Buddhism was introduced to Japan.
But it was not accepted soon.
About the end of the sixth century, as a powerful person, there was Soga No Umako and Mononobe No Moriya.
It is said that Mr. Mononobe was opposed to receiving Buddhism and Mr. Soga was aggressive in accepting Buddhism.
Mr. Soga finally won, though both were fighting.
Mr. Soga founded the temple called Hokoji in Asuka (in the present Asuka village in the central part of Nara prefecture) around the year 600 AD.
This was the first fully-fledged temple in Japan.
At that time, the capital was in Asuka and Mr. Soga also lived there.
In 694 AD the capital moved to the region of the northwest part a little more than Asuka.(Near the border between Kashihara city and Asuka village now)
[ Gangoji temple ]
And in 710 the capital moved to the northern part of Nara prefecture (present Nara city).
Hokoji was relocated accordingly.
At that time, the name of the temple was changed to Gankoji.
Upon relocation, the building itself was not relocated.
And the remaining building became Asukaji temple.
Gangoji was great until the Nara era.
The majority of the current Nara town was in the precincts of Gangoji temple.
Gangoji temple was great until the Nara era.
However, Gango-ji temple has gradually declined since around the 10th century.
[ The pagoda ruins of Gangoji temple ]
Currently, it is located in two places.
This time I went to the place with the pagoda ruins.
This is the entrance to the place where there is a pagoda ruins.

Entrance to the pagoda ruins of Gangoji temple

I went through the gate.
Nothing is found ahead.


After a while, I could see the main hall on the left.

Main hall

There is also a bell tower.

Bell tower

These are the pagoda ruins.

The pagoda ruins of Gangoji temple

It is said that a bigger tower was built than the five-storied pagoda of Kofukuji temple.

Flowers in the precinct

In the precinct there were flowers planted here and there, and they were beautiful blooming.

[ Opening times and location of the pagoda ruins of Gangoji temple ]
Admission fee: Free of charge
Opening hours:9:00 - 17:00
12 shibanoshin'ya-cho Nara City Nara Prefecture

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of Tourist Spots ]
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)The entrance of Gangoji temple: N34.67648 E135.83082

(April 24, 2018)