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Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara

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A major temples within a larger religious complex, Nigatsu-do Temple stands as a masterpiece of Japanese architecture dating back to 1669. The intricate wooden construction, featuring a classical curved rooftop and detailed carvings, remains a major draw for architecture buffs. If the design doesn't bowl you over, go up to the temple's balcony to enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding town. To visit Nigatsu-do Temple on your trip to Nara, use our Nara online road trip planner .
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  • There is a deer in the slope just below the Dido, and you can see the impressive scene. Also, the view from The December Hall is amazing.
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  • Most people go back to see the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple or there are not so many people here. From the precincts, you can see nara city. The Great Buddha Hall is free here, although it is for a fee. I need to climb the stairs a little bit, but I think it's worth it.
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  • after enduring all the tourists at the big Todaiji temple this one was an awesome quiet spot to discover! You have a great view and can enjoy the calmness. It seems to be opened 24/7, so I guess watching the sunset or rise here would be great as well! Take the steps down and follow the path for a quiet walk!
  • Nigatsu do has a splendid view of Nara once you reach the top balcony! It's also just a beautiful short walk getting up there in general and altogether. Super photogenic places all around. So pretty.
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