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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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The oldest of the old in Japan

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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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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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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Falls Church, Virginia
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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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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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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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