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Hōryū-ji, Ikaruga-cho

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
See one of the area's seven great temples, the UNESCO-protected Hōryū-ji. Founded in 607 CE by Prince Shotoku, one of the early promoters of Buddhism in Japan, the temple represents one of the oldest surviving places of worship in the country, and contains some of the oldest standing wooden structures in the world. The spacious temple grounds have been separated into two main precincts, with the western section home to most of the historic features, including a five-story pagoda, a main hall, and a central gate flanked by statues of Kongo Rikishi. Use our Ikaruga-cho trip itinerary maker to add Hōryū-ji and other attractions to your Ikaruga-cho vacation plans.
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  • So close to home on foot often go in the Horyu-ji Temple. And good it is time of cherry blossoms. Combination of Horyu-ji Temple five-story pagoda and cherry blossoms are beautiful.
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  • 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 5...  read more »
  • Unique atmosphere as much here as in depth during the Nara period temples may not know the other. Back from becoming adult is going to visit when I was a kid, but was completely different. From the kudara Kannon, bodhisattva Maitreya, Yakushi Nyorai national treasures and important cultural properties up to one of the mud walls, pillars makes people feel everything is peaceful. Many times it is one of the best temple to visit Japan. Air Ikaruga, this area is unique and like very much.
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  • It's interesting and nice, but compared to the bling bling of nearby Nara & Kyoto (Todaiji, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari, I'm looking at you) this one is lackluster. I would only visit if you want to be comprehensive, you need to visit all UNESCO World Heritage sites, you are really into all the history of Japan, or you have extra time. I insist, it's not bad, it's just that others relatively close have the "wow" effect while this one does not.
  • One of Japan's jewels and most important historical sites. The pagoda is 1300 years old and is the oldest wooden building in the world. Not to be missed by any means. The museum contains some of the most important cultural properties of Japan. The two Nio at the entrance are almost as old as the pagoda and are two of the most beautiful Nio I have seen.
  • If you want to visit just one place to see the golden era of ancient Japan, it is the one.
  • A great famous old Japanese temple with a lot of history behind it.
  • There are so many temples in Nara, it would be easy to think you can just skip this one. But it's worth going to because of the significance of having the world's oldest wooden building. It's a pretty impressive structure considering how old it is. The museum here with all the national treasures is also really interesting.
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