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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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Definitely a must see for most travelers except those on a shoestring budget. The JPY1500 entry fee per adult, frankly is quite prohibitive, honestly. While it does give you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Yokohama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Definitely a must see for most travelers except those on a shoestring budget. The JPY1500 entry fee per adult, frankly is quite prohibitive, honestly. While it does give you access to 3 sections, unless you are a die hard fan of Japanese history or are light on cash, you may want to give it a pass. The museum, one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

It's quite easy to get there from Osaka. It takes only 1 hr from Osaka station to Horyuji station. And you can walk within 20mins from the station or take a bus at the south exit of the station. (Only ICOCA can use in a bus. There are 2 big architecture, one is 5 stories tower and the other is... More 

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

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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