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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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There's a reason why this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 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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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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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
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

One of the best historic sites in Japan. The world's oldest existing wooden structure. Their treasures are displayed in a newly constructed gallery. It takes at least 2 hours to see everything. I took a bus from Kintetsu Nara station. Took almost an hour but the bus stops very close to the entry way to the temple. Returning bus service... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

If your plan to have a trip to Nara in a day, my suggestion is to begin with this attraction since it is 13 kms away from Nara Park, wgere the other main attractions are... But surely not to miss this, for this is really a must! the grounds and the wooden architectures are really unforgettable...I really loved the place...... More 

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

When you are in the Kyoto and Nara area, there is STEEP competition amongst different temples and shrines. Horyuji has to rank up there near the very top. It is about a 45 minute train ride from Osaka Station on the express. Save your feet, take the bus waiting at the bottom of the stairs. The walk to the temple... More 

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