Gradually it became dark. In the park, there were a few tourists, but many deers. I ran to the old big temple Kofukuji in the Nara park. There are a lot of Buddhist statues of National Treasure (the most famous is Ashura, I guess). It was so late that they closed the gate, so I only watched the outside of the pagoda and some halls.
Sunset of Kofukuji temple in Nara
map of Kofukuji temple
The five storied pagoda is National Treasure. The Empress Komyo who was the wife of the emperor Shomu, and the daughter of Fuhito Fujiwara, made in 730. After that, it was burned and destroyed five times. This was built in about 1426. Height is 50.1m.
The five storied pagoda.
Nanen-do hall. Originally aristocrat Fuyutsugu Fujiwara built for his father in 813. This is the fourth construction in 1789.
National Treasure. Fuku Kensaku Kannon Bosatsu statue at Nanen-do hall.
There was only deers around Nanen-do hall.
pink cherry blossoms and Nanendo hall
Nanendo hall’s top
Hokuendo hall. National Treasure. It is said the most beautiful hall in Japan’s this types hall (Hakkaku-en do), The first was constructed in 721 by the Emperor. It was rebuilt in about 1210.
Hokuendo hall’s Buddha. This Miroku Nyorai statue is National Treasure.
three-storied pagoda at Kofukuji temple. It was built in 1143 by the empress of the emperor Sutoku, but unfortunately it was burned in 1180. After that it was rebuilt. Height is 19.1m. National Treasure.
The birthplace of Noh School Konparu