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Address: 1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 745-75-2555
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Must-see Temple

This temple is a must-see. It is worth a day trip from Kyoto to Nara to see this temple and the giant Buddha at Todai-ji. Your ticket includes admission to a small, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This temple is a must-see. It is worth a day trip from Kyoto to Nara to see this temple and the giant Buddha at Todai-ji. Your ticket includes admission to a small, but interesting, museum. There are also a couple shrines with smaller pagodas in the area if you're willing to walk an additional 2 miles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is the oldest wooden temple in the world, dating to the 7th century, and it has many forms honoring the first Buddhist emperor Shotoku. The complex includes a pagoda, the kondo, lecture hall and the octagonal building shown here. It is very simple in forms, without the colors of the shogun temples later on. Yet there is something of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Nara was the original capital of Japan, before Kyoto. Horyuji has the oldest wooden structures in Japan and the world for that matter. It's worth the side trip from Nara.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This massive temple conplex lies a short train and taxi ride from downtown Nara. The buildings are so beautiful, and so peaceful: it is unbelievable to think that the are 1400 years old. There is a nice little museum and tons of places to explore. A MUST-DO for any visitor to Japan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

So many words have been written by so many here that I’m going to try to mention only what might be helpful and what has not been described recently by others. Expensive? yes. Worth it? yes. This was our second visit to Horyu-ji and we retraced our footsteps from years past to see what has changed (not much) and what... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

It is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the JR Horyuji station, but well worth it. When I arrived at the temple I first stopped off at the information center to get a map and one of the volunteers there offered to give me a guided tour for free! It was amazing because I got a lot more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The guidebook I had indicated that Horyuji was easily accessible by bus from Nara, which I travelled to from Osaka for a day trip. The nice people at the JR Nara tourist center said it was faster and less expensive to go to Horyuji by JR train on my way back to Osaka, specifying that I needed to leave Nara... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Let me put it straight. This temple is pleasant to visit and historically important, sure. But 1500 yen for the combined entrance fee is WAY to expansive. A significant part of the grounds are free to visit, and from there (especially from the Saiendo - the elevated building on the north west corner), you can get beautiful views on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Get the map at the JR train station and walk for 15 min. You cannot miss it. The multiple buildings with different functions and the art collection make this site really special. Less crowded and probably more picturesque.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Horyu-ji certainly merits its UNESCO designation as a World Heritage Site. In addition to its religious, hostoric, and artistic importance, they're the oldest WOODEN buildings on earth! The engineering is a marvel. You can get the from JR Nara by taking the Yamatoji Line towards Tennoji. That's a local that runs quite frequently. It's the third stop. From Osaka--no shock--you... More 

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Address: 1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 745-75-2555
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Nara Prefecture  >  Ikoma-gun  >  Ikaruga-cho

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