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Horyuji Temple

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Address: 1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
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+81 745-75-2555

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We had a free guided visit with Mac. H Matsumoto who in two hours cheerfully explained the history and purposes of the buildings. Without him, we would have gawped but understood... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a free guided visit with Mac. H Matsumoto who in two hours cheerfully explained the history and purposes of the buildings. Without him, we would have gawped but understood little of what we were looking at. Much recommended.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Whilst this might well be a UNESCO World Heritage site, the hype does not justify visit for us. After a 15 minute walk along an arterial road (very unpleasant) arrived at the temple only to find it was under wraps undergoing maintenance. The pagoda is impressive but not worth the effort. The walk back to the station by the back... More 

Thank John S
Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Husband and I visited Horyuji Temple from Nara today, we have the JR pass (for foreign tourists) so we caught the express train to Horyuji station (free for us) and then a short bus ride thru town to right outside the temple complex (190¥ per person for bus). Outside the temple a free volunteer guide offered his time to show... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Horenji Temple is in outshirt area of Nara. We bought the day bus pass that covers this temple. The #97 bus leaves from JR Nara station, one bus per hour. It takes around 50 mins to get there. When you get off the bus, be sure to check for departure bus schedule to plan for your return trip. The area... More 

Thank Chi L
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Located by train (JR line) approximately 15 minutes from Nara station (3 stops). You can then access the temple by bus or taxi or it is a fifteen minute walk which is well signed in English. The entry fee is 1,500 yen for adults but you are entitled to a free guide. We spent a good two hours walking the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Two of the oldest wooden structures in the world. Depending on your source, the five-tier pagoda or the kondō (Main Hall) is the oldest. The shinbashira or central pillar of the pagoda was felled in 594; the main hall has wood felled before 670. The architectural details are interesting. (There is a fascinating article in the Economist about how the... More 

1 Thank Barbara W
Chengdu, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

This temple is set out in the countryside around Nara; the fields of pink flowers interspersed with rice paddies made an attractive backdrop to this ancient temple, Horyu-ji, which was the first Japanese UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is allegedly some of the oldest extant timber architecture in the world, with some of the timbers having been dated scientifically... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

12 kms from Nara (and the deers), stands one of the most important temples complex in Japan, often missed by visitors from abroad. Yet in a national vote by the Japanese nation - Ikaruga (one of the three main buildings) came first as the best pagoda. It has five perfectly balanced storeys and dates from the 7th century. The earth-quake... More 

1 Thank Pete026
Munakata, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

When visiting Nara, a must see is the Horyu-ji Temple complex. It is stunning and offers visitors to Japan a glimpse of ancient Japan. Well worth the visit. We visited on a tour because we had only two days and many places we wanted to see in Nara, as well. Doing it on your own is certainly possible, but will... More 

1 Thank TLeonardJapan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

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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