Horyu-ji Temple, Ikaruga-cho

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See one of the area's seven great temples, the UNESCO-protected Horyu-ji Temple. 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 Horyu-ji Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Compared with other Nara temples Temple, Fallon temple is not much, especially suitable for a long half day, in this quiet appreciation of the Tang Dynasty style wooden building, looking for the lost Chinese culture.
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  • Persimmon bell rings you'll be Masaoka of Horyu-ji Temple there was a memorial to the clause. And many say 1,300 years ago, the world's oldest wooden building foundations and five-storied pagoda. I think the dream of old used to tag watermark 10000 yen. Horyu-ji Temple is Temple of Asuka period, 17 national treasures, important cultural properties 35 in alone. It is a very historical place.
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  • Horyu-ji Temple Station from JR NARA station, visited the Horyu-ji Temple by taxi. Horyu-ji Temple is famous world's oldest wooden building, Japan's first world cultural heritage site. Treasure Hall and the pagoda was built to pay the admission fee of 1500 yen and entering the grounds, surrounded by corridors.
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  • Very classic in terms of the design. It is really the prototype of Japanese buddhist temples. From then on, Japanese created their own style of temples. The temple of Princess Sudoku is one of the most fascinating. Half of its roof is covered with tiles and the other with wood bark. It is the combo that is the unique, reflective of Princess Sudoku's view about Shinto and Buddhism. He brought Buddhism to Japan. He tried to make peace with Shinto--the local religion.
  • This place is awesome. Ticket is a bit expensive i.e. ¥1500 per person. But this ticket includes visit of three place inside the same establishment including museum.
  • It's beautiful. The temples are of wooden structure and they have a museum which keeps old statues. Not too close to Nara, but worth the visit.
  • Good, and not too crowded place. As it is said: it is one of the powerful temples in Nara prefecture. It is a good place for sightseeing for schools, and children or visitors who are interesting to know more about the culture in Nara prefecture.
  • #unesco #horyuji #historicalsite a peaceful temple. a bit pricy entrance fee but worth it.
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