We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Horyu-ji Temple

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
excellent place

said to be world's oldest surviving wooden structure. place is kept very clean. garden is small in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rmk5515
,
Tezpur, India
Travel Back In Time And Meet The Bhuddas

Got there early expecting to see crowds waiting to get in, but not so. Maybe the 1,500 Yen price... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2018
petertaylor57
,
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Read all 544 reviews
All photos (907)
All photos (907)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“day trip”(5 reviews)
About
Closed Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
65°
54°
Apr
73°
63°
May
79°
70°
Jun
Contact
1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
Website
+81 745-75-2555
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (544)
Filter reviews
71 results
Traveler rating
51
15
3
2
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
51
15
3
2
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews wooden building day trip worth the effort entry fee nice morning nara station minute train ride world heritage yen japan temple hall prince century statues gate importance
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 71 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

said to be world's oldest surviving wooden structure. place is kept very clean. garden is small in comparison to some other temples, but nicely maintained. the museum is an added interest.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank rmk5515
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Got there early expecting to see crowds waiting to get in, but not so. Maybe the 1,500 Yen price tag may have scared some off. Buses do go from Nara station, but pretty irregularly, so try the train to Horyuji station and walk about 1km....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

One of the amazing things about Kyoto and Nara is that you can find spectacular temples that are just a little off the tourist track, and have them mostly to yourself. This is one of them. Definitely worth the visit

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ChrisPinc
Reviewed June 16, 2018

Our coverage today is Nara, going as a day trip from Osaka. I intentionally went to this place because of its title as one of the earliest World Heritage Sites of Japan. A nice morning visit is recommended for a fewer visitor. Enter the wooden...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank fr4nc1sc4
Reviewed June 10, 2018

this place is about history and about prince Shōtoku. It is also about the early Buddhism in Japan and how it was transferred. Pricy: yes. Worth it: yes.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank yyyzzz_utah
Reviewed May 1, 2018

If you are interested in history, want to see some of the oldest wooden structures in the world and want to get away from the hordes of tourists at Nara, this is the place to go. It will take a little extra effort, including a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank speninosmith
Reviewed April 14, 2018

A real cultural treasure including so many wonderful artifacts and buildings. Its mercifully some 13kms away from Nara and so is far less crowded and takes effort to get there, having said that its quite easy to get to by bus or train and bus...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank DAVIDV747
Reviewed November 15, 2017

entry fee is Yen 1500. Far to expensive in comparison to the Kyoto temples (Yen 500 mostly). For a family of 4... we decided not to visit the temple ground as we didn't like the first impression visible from the gate (only pavement/gravel/grey between the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank StefanS71
Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

Certainly Horyuji is a cultural treasure, an amazingly well-preserved and ancient site. It may be worth visiting if you are deeply interested in architectural or art history and have a relaxed schedule. But if your time or budget are tight, or if you have had...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank markoboston
Reviewed August 28, 2017

A beautiful temple complex is one of the oldest temple in the world. In the tourist centre you meet lots of local people who volunteer as guides for free. He beautiful explained the story and importance of each building.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Gopinath P
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
Ryori Ryokan Ukawaya
3 reviews
.36 miles away
Horyuji Grtand Hotel
2 reviews
.71 miles away
Kanponoyado Yamato Heguri
19 reviews
2.54 miles away
Super Hotel Nara Yamatokoriyama
35 reviews
3.30 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 101 nearby restaurants
Hiraso Horyuji
27 reviews
.28 miles away
Washoyoku Sato Horyuji
12 reviews
.38 miles away
Shimura
9 reviews
.20 miles away
Maido Ookini Shokudo Naraikaruga
9 reviews
.40 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 40 nearby attractions
Chuguji Temple
123 reviews
.30 miles away
Hoki-ji Temple
68 reviews
.89 miles away
Horyuji I Center
37 reviews
.33 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Brenda M
May 28, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from nomes1881 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there you can catch the bus directly there about an hour ride, no need for tour you can self guide very easily. there is tourist info centre outside kinetsu nara station the staff are very helpful and can give you the... More
0
Votes
Albert B
November 15, 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from TLeonardJapan | Reviewed this property |
Some areas allow photography and filming...other areas do not. If I were you, I would contact them ahead of time and explain what it is you would like to do to see if they may make an exception for you. I did see people... More
1
Vote