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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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Love history but not crowds?

If you love history but are turned off by the hoards in Kyoto and Nara City, then make a swing by Horyuji Temple. It features the oldest examples of wooden architecture in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
Taipei, Taiwan
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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

If you love history but are turned off by the hoards in Kyoto and Nara City, then make a swing by Horyuji Temple. It features the oldest examples of wooden architecture in the world, and was the first World Cultural Heritage site registered in Japan. The fact that it's a bit out of the way means you don't find the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

You should visit this temple in your way to Todai-ji Temple.I will not travel to Nara exclusively to visit this Temple (Todai-ji Temple is the highlight there) but It is a nice temple to take pictures (especially of the Pagoda) and if you are in Nara makes sense to spend 45 minutes in this place. This place is walking distance... More 

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nova gorica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The Horyu-ji temple can be reached by bus from railway station. If you have a JR pass then the ride is free. The admission fee is quite high (1500yen) but includes three majors sites. Allow yourself up to 2 hours to fully appreciate it. It's impressive.

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Penang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

It's a pity I didn't get to visit this temple. I arrived late in the afternoon when the temple was closed after walking quite a distance to find it from JR Horyuji station. The pagoda was prominent from the outside and very beautiful. I wish to return here again to explore the inside of the temple.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The admission fee is 1,500 Yen and includes admission to 3 major sites in the temple area. You will see temple buildings, a pagoda, small gardens from the outside and you will go into a museum where statues, paintings, garments and pottery from this site are displayed. I have been to many temples and museums in Japan and to me,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

A beautiful temple set in spacious raked gravel gardens. It has a feeling of ancient austerity that contrasts with the busier, more florid style of later temples in Nara and Kyoto. The fact that it is off the beaten track probably makes a difference, meaning that it is less crowded, though there were school parties being led through when we... More 

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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 via mobile

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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