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Horyuji Temple, Ikaruga-cho

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See one of the area's seven great temples, the UNESCO-protected Horyuji 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. Use our Ikaruga-cho trip itinerary maker to add Horyuji Temple and other attractions to your Ikaruga-cho vacation plans.
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  • When my Japanese friend asked what I wanted to go after visiting Nara Park and Todaji, we discussed the options and I chose the the Horuji Temple, because he told me it had one of the oldest wooden st...  more »
  • Took the early ride from Nara and managed to be there as the place opened. So bonus for me no crowds! If you are like me it is possible to do in about an hour. Granted I was nearly alone with no crowd...  more »
  • this for us seem to be off the beaten track the day we visit we were almost the only people there, not sure if the weather kept people away or the remoteness of having to navigate the bus system, alth...  more »