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Horyuji Temple

1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara Prefecture 636-0115, Japan
+81 745-75-2555
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Ikaruga-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 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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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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50 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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289 helpful votes 289 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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New York City, New York
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Zen gardens and temples in Kyoto I saw were most converted from a novelty's villas and they were beautiful and cozy. This temple, which I illusioned, walking into the 6th century AD, was GRAND. The golden building had amazing treasures and wall painting; Thank Japanese government and scholars they decided to keep these treasures where they are and let visitors... More

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San Francisco, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
23 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

If you enjoy travel that takes you back in time and plops you in the middle of another era, the Horyu-ji is a must-see. This is the oldest major sight in Japan, the place where Japanese art and history began. Among the Horyu-ji’s attractions are the three oldest wood buildings in the world, the oldest oil paintings in the world,... More

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