Our last stop for our Nara tour was Kofokuji Temple. To be completely honest, at this point of our tour, we were so tired we just wanted to go home and have a hot foot soak. It was drizzling non-stop the whole day, we almost lost our only umbrella, and we had a mini argument. It was chaotic, to say the least. We just wanted to rest. But you’re only in Japan once (or you only get to be a first-time tourist in Japan once) and we wanted to really see everything. We just winged it. We put one foot in front of the other and found ourselves at Kofokuji Temple.
Unfortunately, though, Kofokuji Temple was under construction (still is, until October 2018) when we visited. The halls and museum were already closed by the time we got there too. All we were able to do were take pictures and appreciate what we were able to see. It wasn’t a lot but I guess it’s just another reason to go back! (I swear I lost count of how many times I said I’ll go back to Japan in this Japan 2017 series. Sorry, not sorry.)
Kofukuji (興福寺, Kōfukuji) used to be the family temple of the Fujiwara, the most powerful family clan during much of the Nara and Heian Periods. The temple was established in Nara at the same time as the capital in 710. At the height of Fujiwara power, the temple consisted of over 150 buildings.
Today a couple of buildings of great historic value remain, including a five story pagoda and a three story pagoda. At 50 meters, the five story pagoda is Japan’s second tallest, just seven meters shorter than the five story pagoda at Kyoto’s Toji Temple. Kofukuji’s pagoda is both a landmark and symbol of Nara. It was first built in 730, and was most recently rebuilt in 1426. –Japan Guide
I almost forgot to share that before heading back to Osaka, we decided to stop by Fushimi Inari. It was a quick and dark visit. I felt like because it was already dark, we couldn’t enjoy the place. I’m sharing a few pictures from our visit but I’m definitely going back here next time.