Nara, the old Heijō-kyō capital of Japan, is not as elaborate as Kyoto. Not to many people venture out to discover some of the hidden historical sites and gems. One such temple is the Gangō-ji Temple (元興寺), originally located in Asuka,it was moved to Nara in 718 when it became Heijō-kyō. Soga no Umako (蘇我 馬子, 551 - June 19, 626) is credited with laying the foundation of this temple more 1300 years ago in Nara. There is something that is peculiar about this hall, the roofing tiles, called Gyoki-buki (行基葺き), of Gokurakudo are the oldest in Japan, estimated to be 1300 years old. The temple grounds are dotted with many Buddhist statues of different forms and shapes. The Gangō-ji Temple is located in a quiet part of the old city and not so far from the Sarusawa pond (猿沢池) and the deer park.
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Gangō-ji Temple, Heijō-kyō, Japan, Nara, Shingon-Ritsu Buddhism, World Heritage Site, 元興寺