Hōryū-ji, Ikaruga-cho

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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Ikaruga-cho holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Hōryū-ji and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Castle hopping a hobby I originally was planning visits here in passing cannot bypass, had stopped. Excursion including visit in person for the first time is 5-to be visited by about 6 times, remembers well at sight of parts, once again great temple. Not think won't cover my ignorant, but are within such broad or wide it is. Including numerous national treasures are exhibited in large hospital made visit closely and is satisfied. Will you live on a longer visit many times here.
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  • When I visited for the first time on a high school trip to too deprived of the splendor, has visited several times. Dream Palace, buildings of the Cathedral called the current world's oldest wooden buildings in the East Cathedral, Temple is thrilling to watch where many sights. It is as it seems when I next visit could not visit the thired sees its under construction looking forward one more amazing temples. It is a Millennium, in 2000, which would like to leave a world heritage site.
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  • Compared to the hot water Temple and other monasteries, Horyu's location is difficult, but along the way the village wind and the temple inside the ancient Pot and the sacred atmosphere, in fact, in the Fusheli of the five towers, the serious and the main hall, there is a quiet silence and Zen in the vast courtyard. If you want to really avoid the crowds, , contemplative and Shen-amyloid, may as well be a game, is worth
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  • This felt like we were donating to UNESCO. Although the structures are interesting to see, there is no information whatsoever, no signs. You can walk around there but that's it. It looks nice but with no information and limited things too see, we felt the ¥1500 was way too expensive, especially compared to other sights in Japan that offer more for less.
  • Great and not too crowded place. Mostly school trip students. A small town with not much to do. Architecture is preety much like all other temples.
  • It was constructed with ancient Korean buddist temple stile. The shotoku prince invited Baekjae (ancient Korean kindom)'s architectures. And you can see the mural paintings painted Goguryeo(another ancient Korean kingdom) painter, Damjing.
  • Big but nothing so special
  • One of Japan's oldest original temples. Still in excellent condition, lots of historical significance especially for those with a strong Buddhist background. Most of the exhibits have minimal english explanation so ideal if you Chinese or Japanese literacy.

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