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Naramachi area

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The outline of Naramachi

Naramachi area

[ History of Naramachi ]

After the city moved to Heijojyo many temples and shrines were built around it.
A town was formed around Todaiji, Kofukuji, Kasuga Taisha and Gango temple by people involved in the work of temples and shrines.
This town also developed as a town of commercial industry afterwards.

[ Gangoji 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 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 temple was great until the Nara era.
However, Gango-ji temple has gradually declined since around the 10th century.
The former precincts of Gango-ji temple developed as a town around Kofukuji temple, Kasugataisha shrine and Todaiji temple.
The majority of the current Naramachi is in the former precincts of Gangoji temple.

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Gangoji Temple
Site of gojunoto Pagoda of Gangoji Temple

Tourist attractions except Gangoji Temple

[ Koshindo-hall ]

There are the following legends in Naramachi Town.
Plague was rife around 700.
Gomyo priest prayed to the Buddha to stop the plague.
On January 7th, Shomen Kongo appeared and said "I have known your sincerity, I will stop the plague."
The plague subsided shortly afterwards.
The day of having the divine revelation was "Year of Koshin", "Month of Koshin", "Day of Koshin".
Ever since then, people enshrined Shomen Kongo and prayed that they will be able to live healthy by getting rid of the "Sanshi" said to bring ills.
It is approximately 0.9 mile (1400 m) from JR Nara station and approximately 0.7 mile (1100 m) from Kintetsu Nara station to Koshindo hall.