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“Must See in Nara”
Review of Horyuji Temple

Horyuji Temple
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$593.44*
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Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto from Osaka
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Ikaruga-cho
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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 ends early around 4:30. I recommend to go there early enough to catch the last bus.

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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... though entry fee is about 1000 JPY...one of the most expensive in Nara ken entrances

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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 only saves you a bit of money... you are not missing any scenery.

The temple is pricey...1000 yen. But what you get for that is excellent. Three different areas in a huge temple complex.

The central area with the pagoda is excellent and then the museum next to it (modern building, traditional style) is quite good with a fair amount of English ...too bad there is not more. There is a third area removed to the side that is worth a visit just to pass by the row of temples (or homes?) leading to it. The whole place just has a feel of centuries ago!

There is one more temple nearby (part of the complex) but you have to pay MORE for that and frankly, after spending 1000 yen, I don't get why you should pay more for one more small temple in the same complex??

It makes for a lovely excursion from Osaka. Leave after lunch, spend the afternoon, and come back for dinner in Osaka. It will give you plenty of time!

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Reviewed December 13, 2011

Horyuji (lit. Temple of the Flourishing Law) is arguably the most celebrated temple in Japan, serving as seminary and monastery. In December of 1993, Horyuji together with Hokkiji became the first UNESCO World Heritage in Japan. The five-story pagoda, located in Sai-in area, stands at 32.45 meters in height and is believed to be the oldest wooden building in the world. Horyuji contains over 2,300 important cultural and historical structures and articles, including nearly 190 that have been designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.
The original Ikaruga-dera commissioned by Prince Shotoku was probably lost after being hit by lightning in 670. The temple was reconstructed but slightly reoriented in a northwest position, which is believed to have been completed by around 711. The temple was repaired and reassembled in the early twelfth century, in 1374, and 1603.

5  Thank Yobeekool
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

It was heavy rain when my family visited Horyuji Temple. My wife and I carried my little daughter in BB cart. When I bought the ticket in Ticket Office, the staff not just gave us the tickets. They tried their best to find out some materials to cover the lower part of the BB cart. They tied pieces of black rubbish bag on the BB cart to protect my baby not getting wet.

The most impressive moment was not visiting a heritage but I could feel the warm, heartful and kindness in the temple lively.

5  Thank dhhtravel
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