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Horyuji Temple

Address: 1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara Prefecture 636-0115, Japan
Phone Number: +81 745-75-2555
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Ikaruga-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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

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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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
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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67 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
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
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Houston, Texas
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60 attraction reviews
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We visited Horyuji Temple during our 2 night stay in Nara. It is very easy to get to. From JR Nara station take Yamatoji line to Horyuji Station (12 min). From there it is a 20 min walk with marked signs to temple. Also, there is a tourist desk at the JR Nara station where we got an excellent map.... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Can wood really last that long? We were greeted by a Goodwill Guide as we walked in, and he spent two hours explaining all the points of interest as we wandered around the impressive buildings. The museum was also marvellous. Take a little gift to thank your guide (who is free) - we wish we had!

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