Naramachi Kōshi-no-Ie


This well-preserved merchant's house in Naramachi, with its lattice front, beamed ceilings, old kitchen, tansu (chest of drawers) stairs and inner garden, is an excellent place to explore details of traditional Japanese architecture. An English-language leaflet is available.

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1. Naramachi Monogatari-kan

0.13 MILES

This traditional-style house is now a community arts centre, with exhibitions and occasional live performances.

2. Kōfuku-ji Three-Storey Pagoda

0.49 MILES

Kōfuku-ji's oldest structure is this often-overlooked, elegant three-storey pagoda built in 1181, a rare example of Heian-era architecture.

3. Kōfuku-ji Nanen-dō


Kōfuku-ji's southern octagonal hall, first built in 813 (and most recently reconstructed in 1789), enshrines an image of the bodhisattva Kannon.

5. Kōfuku-ji Tōkondō

0.53 MILES

Kōfuku-ji's Tōkondō is a National Treasure dating from 726 and rebuilt in 1415 (but paying homage to older structures). It houses several important…

6. Kōfuku-ji

0.55 MILES

Kōfuku-ji was founded in Kyoto in 669 and relocated here in 710. The original Nara temple complex had 175 buildings, though much has been lost over the…

7. Kōfuku-ji Hokuen-dō

0.56 MILES

Kōfuku-ji's northern octagonal hall was first built in 721. The current reconstruction is c 1210, making it the second-oldest structure at Kōfuku-ji.

8. Kōfuku-ji National Treasure Museum

0.58 MILES

Reopened in 2018, this compact museum houses Kōfuku-ji's most important works of art, many of which date to the 8th century (and have managed to survive…