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Horyu-ji Temple

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Address: 1-1 Horyuji-sannai, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
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Good but pricey temple to visit

Located in Nara Prefecture, Horyu-ji is one of the oldest standing wooden structures. It's about a 20 minute walk from Horyuji Station on the JR Kansai Main line. I understand... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in Nara Prefecture, Horyu-ji is one of the oldest standing wooden structures. It's about a 20 minute walk from Horyuji Station on the JR Kansai Main line. I understand that there's a bus that one can catch bus 72 to get to the temple but I made the walk. It was raining that day but the temple is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here while in Nara and are very glad we did. This temple was amazing and one of the best we saw during our trip. We took advantage of the free guide service - guides are waiting outside the temple entrance and this added greatly to our visit. We learned a great deal about the temple, its history and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a nice morning here traveling by train to Huryuji station from Nara and walking the 1.5klm to the site (took the bus back)– the grounds stretch over a dozen acres or more and has a large number of interesting wooden structures – entry was Y750 pp – a lot of the buildings were look in or walk through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Easy access from Kyoto or Nara ( did both in one day from Kyoto). I walk from station to this temples site, Worst the walk, amazing scenery, zen and holy atmosphere, the oldest pagoda is supposed to host some leg bones of Buddha himself !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Horyuji is by far the best preserved and maintained Buddhist monastery in Nara. It examplifies the purity, uniformity, and beauty of wood-frame architecture of the Nara Period - over 1300 years ago, which was the equivalent time of Tang Dynasty. All structures, including the courtyard, corridor, Buddha hall, and even gates are kept in pristine condition. I applaud the residents... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Not many foreign tourists visit this place which is a good thing but also disappointing for them. Horyuji is an amazing place. The first Buddhist Temple in Japan founded by Prince Shotoku in the 6th century. Many of the original buildings built 1400 years ago are still extant and in stunning condition. The ticket price o see the whole complex... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Hōryūji’s gojūtō (five-storey pagoda) is Japan’s oldest pagoda. More, it is the oldest wooden structure *Jeremy Clarkson voice* IN THE WORLD. It was built between 594-607 and its venerable age is not down merely to blind luck, but is because of the architectural genius of its construction. It has wide, weighty eaves and disconnected floors arranged around a shock-absorbing central... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

There are plenty of exhibition to see. You should apply much times for the spot. Only I felt sorry was that there were few souvenir shops around the temple. Neighborhood of the temple was normal suburb town. 膨大な見どころを有する。多くの時間をここに当てた方がよさそうだ。 唯一、残念に思ったのが周辺にお土産屋さんが少なく感じたことだ。お寺近辺の街はただの郊外の街という印象である。

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

This is probably the oldest remaining wooden structures in the world since 8th century, and the first world heritage in japan. The complex is huge and it includes a pagoda, many halls and a museum full of Buddhist artifacts for 1000+ yrs. If you love art/history, then you should allow at least 2-3 hrs to visit slowly. Horyu-ji is abt... More 

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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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