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Horyuji Temple

1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
+81 745-75-2555
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1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
+81 745-75-2555
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was hot summer day, but glad that not crowded at all comparing to Todai and Kofuku so I had great pleasure to enjoy every angle of this oldest wooden structure. It is amazing that how much it has been well preserved.

Thank J G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's very interesting building based on his history, however ¥1500 to enter the complex is a little bit steep for what is offering. However that does include the sides of the entire complex with me take around two hours to see the entire thing. Make...More

Thank Nejad M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we were staying in a hotel in Umeda, Osaka, we took JR Yamatoji rapid service train from Osaka station to Horyuji station (640 yen, 40 minutes, direct service without changing trains) and then, a small bus from Horyuji station to Horyuji-mon mae (190 yen,...More

Thank Gemini6_tadvisor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have to admit that having being here for work related resons and accompanied by the prefecture of Nara, cultural department, my group could enter sections of the temple compound where nobody is allowed to enter. It is astonishing how the local skilled artisans still...More

Thank Luigi_Fino
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Horyu-ji's star attraction for tourists is the Five-Story Pagoda. It is truly iconic. Take the JR Kansai line from Nara. From Horyu-ji Station you can walk to the temple grounds - about 15 minutes, or take the bus that drops you practically at the gate....More

Thank GVancouver
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This temple us a true gem of Japanese history. This is THE oldest wooden building in the world. Sure, there are stone structures much older than 1,400 years, but this is made if wood, and all original. Horyuji consists of many temples, spread over large...More

Thank AB00706
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Cited as the oldest wooden structure and Japan's first UNESCO World Heritage site. This may be the biggest reason for one to visit the temple which is some way from the Nara rail station. Tickets cost 1500 yen and includes entry to the museum and...More

Thank jetlkh
Reviewed 20 April 2017

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 structures in the world. I didn't realise...More

Thank Robin H
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

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 crowds at 8...More

Thank Johannes Sælsen N
Reviewed 24 March 2017

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, although not much navigation. we caught...More

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Brenda M
29 May 2017|
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Response from nomes1881 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there you can catch the bus directly there about an hour ride, no need for tour you can self guide very easily. there is tourist info centre outside kinetsu nara station the staff are very helpful and can give you the... More
16 November 2016|
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Response from TLeonardJapan | Reviewed this property |
Some areas allow photography and filming...other areas do not. If I were you, I would contact them ahead of time and explain what it is you would like to do to see if they may make an exception for you. I did see people... More