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Horyuji Temple

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Address: 1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
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Horenji Temple is in outshirt area of Nara. We bought the day bus pass that covers this temple. The #97 bus leaves from JR Nara station, one bus per hour. It takes around 50 mins... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Horenji Temple is in outshirt area of Nara. We bought the day bus pass that covers this temple. The #97 bus leaves from JR Nara station, one bus per hour. It takes around 50 mins to get there. When you get off the bus, be sure to check for departure bus schedule to plan for your return trip. The area... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Located by train (JR line) approximately 15 minutes from Nara station (3 stops). You can then access the temple by bus or taxi or it is a fifteen minute walk which is well signed in English. The entry fee is 1,500 yen for adults but you are entitled to a free guide. We spent a good two hours walking the... More 

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Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

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 594; the main hall has wood felled before 670. The architectural details are interesting. (There is a fascinating article in the Economist about how the... More 

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Chengdu, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This temple is set out in the countryside around Nara; the fields of pink flowers interspersed with rice paddies made an attractive backdrop to this ancient temple, Horyu-ji, which was the first Japanese UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is allegedly some of the oldest extant timber architecture in the world, with some of the timbers having been dated scientifically... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

12 kms from Nara (and the deers), stands one of the most important temples complex in Japan, often missed by visitors from abroad. Yet in a national vote by the Japanese nation - Ikaruga (one of the three main buildings) came first as the best pagoda. It has five perfectly balanced storeys and dates from the 7th century. The earth-quake... More 

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Munakata, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

When visiting Nara, a must see is the Horyu-ji Temple complex. It is stunning and offers visitors to Japan a glimpse of ancient Japan. Well worth the visit. We visited on a tour because we had only two days and many places we wanted to see in Nara, as well. Doing it on your own is certainly possible, but will... More 

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Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Located in Nara Prefecture, Horyu-ji is one of the oldest standing wooden structures. It's about a 20 minute walk from Horyuji Station on the JR Kansai Main line. I understand that there's a bus that one can catch bus 72 to get to the temple but I made the walk. It was raining that day but the temple is a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We visited here while in Nara and are very glad we did. This temple was amazing and one of the best we saw during our trip. We took advantage of the free guide service - guides are waiting outside the temple entrance and this added greatly to our visit. We learned a great deal about the temple, its history and... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We spent a nice morning here traveling by train to Huryuji station from Nara and walking the 1.5klm to the site (took the bus back)– the grounds stretch over a dozen acres or more and has a large number of interesting wooden structures – entry was Y750 pp – a lot of the buildings were look in or walk through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Easy access from Kyoto or Nara ( did both in one day from Kyoto). I walk from station to this temples site, Worst the walk, amazing scenery, zen and holy atmosphere, the oldest pagoda is supposed to host some leg bones of Buddha himself !

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