A World’s Cultural Heritage, Historic Cultural Properties in Ancient Nara

Hoko-ji (Asuka-dera), the first authentic temple in Japan,was originally built for praying to the glory of the Soga family, but it became a state-sponsored temple when it was moved to the ancient capital of Heijyo-kyo. The temple name was also changed from Hoko-ji (Asuka-dera) to Gangoji while being moved and rebuilt. This is the place where the first Buddhist temple was built in Japan.



Set in the land of beginnings with a history spanning 1,300 years,
Gangoji is a National Treasure and World Heritage Site of Nara.