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Horyuji Temple

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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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A Must See for Any Visitor to Japan

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Falls Church, Virginia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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Paris, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

When I arrived the guides were actually have their regular meeting. Instead of going home, one was kind enough to guide me (just one person) around on their day off. This turned out to be a really lucky thing as they were able to explain so much about the temple which I would not have been able to read from... More 

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Paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

If you spend some time in Nara, take the train to Horyuji Temple, only 12 mn away on the JR line. It is a very majestic ensemble, well worth seeing alongside the marvels in Kyoto and Nara.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

It's worth coming here especially if staying overnight in Nara. It's a short train ride from JR Nara although it's about a 30 minute walk from the train station in Ikaruga-cho (town) to the temple complex. By the train station exit is a tourist counter with very friendly staff. The counter is located by a window, so the staff will... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Whether you're inclined towards Buddhism or not, you will still be able to appreciate the fine artistry that devoted artists from millennia ago have put into creating these relics. The buildings itself, while the oldest surviving wood buildings in Japan, and in the world, are fairly impressive, I was more impressive with the artwork. Take your time and really look... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

If you are planning to visit Nara from Kyoto you will need 2 days. One for central Nara and one for the outlying sights such as Horyuji. The JR train from Kyoto takes 45 minutes, from JR Nara take a smaller train to Horyuji Station. From there you can get a bus or even walk. Make this your first stop... More 

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Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

電車からは距離がありそうだしバスの時刻表を調べるのもめんどうで、 バイクで、行きました。 さすが世界遺産、他の季節にもう一度来ようと思うぐらい、回りの雑踏とはかけ離れた ピ~ンとした感じを受けました。 investigating [ from a train, there is distance, it begins to meet and ]-timetable of bus cotton -- it was how, and it is a motorbike and went. The touch used as the pin which was widely different with a surrounding bustle to the extent that he thought that he would come once again truly at... More 

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