Kofukuji Temple

5 Unique Reasons Why Nara Park is a Must-Visit for All Travelers to Japan!

One of the ancient capitals, Nara is a famous destination that is sadly often overlooked by tourists as it is so close to other popular cities such as Osaka and Kyoto. However, one of the crowning glories of Nara and indeed the main reason to visit Nara is because of its park. Nara Koen is…

Visit the Eastern Golden Hall of Kohfukuji Temple and Admire Its Treasures

If you make a pilgrimage to Nara and find yourself in Nara Koen (the park) there are countless things to see in the extensive grounds. At Kohfukuji there are three golden halls, the Eastern one (Tohkondo) having been rebuilt six times due to destruction by fire. The original building (built in 726) was commissioned by…

Takigi Noh, The Graceful Ancient Musical Theatre

Firelight Noh Firelight Noh (in Kufukuji called Takigi O-Noh, in which “O” is honorific prefix) is a Japanese ancient musical theater. Its plays are performed outdoors illuminated by the light of bonfires in the night sky. It originated from Kofukuji temple, Nara, Japan, first staged in 869, the temple is now World Heritage Site, and…

A Short Nara Guide for Your Next Vacation!

Nara was the imperial capital of Japan from 710 to 784, the period known as the Nara period. Today, the city of Nara is the capital of Nara Prefecture, which borders directly with Kyoto Prefecture. There are eight sites in the form of temples, shrines and the debris, they are: Todai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine,…