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Horyu-ji Temple

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1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
+81 745-75-2555
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All reviews wooden structure minute walk story pagoda the bus two hours day trip worth the effort entry fee nice morning cost yen osaka station world heritage japanese history first stop rapid service per person hot summer day
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

Got there early expecting to see crowds waiting to get in, but not so. Maybe the 1,500 Yen price tag may have scared some off. Buses do go from Nara station, but pretty irregularly, so try the train to Horyuji station and walk about 1km....More

Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

One of the amazing things about Kyoto and Nara is that you can find spectacular temples that are just a little off the tourist track, and have them mostly to yourself. This is one of them. Definitely worth the visit

Thank ChrisPinc
Reviewed 17 June 2018

Our coverage today is Nara, going as a day trip from Osaka. I intentionally went to this place because of its title as one of the earliest World Heritage Sites of Japan. A nice morning visit is recommended for a fewer visitor. Enter the wooden...More

1  Thank fr4nc1sc4
Reviewed 10 June 2018

this place is about history and about prince Shōtoku. It is also about the early Buddhism in Japan and how it was transferred. Pricy: yes. Worth it: yes.

Thank yyyzzz_utah
Reviewed 1 May 2018

If you are interested in history, want to see some of the oldest wooden structures in the world and want to get away from the hordes of tourists at Nara, this is the place to go. It will take a little extra effort, including a...More

Thank speninosmith
Reviewed 14 April 2018

A real cultural treasure including so many wonderful artifacts and buildings. Its mercifully some 13kms away from Nara and so is far less crowded and takes effort to get there, having said that its quite easy to get to by bus or train and bus...More

Reviewed 15 November 2017

entry fee is Yen 1500. Far to expensive in comparison to the Kyoto temples (Yen 500 mostly). For a family of 4... we decided not to visit the temple ground as we didn't like the first impression visible from the gate (only pavement/gravel/grey between the...More

Thank StefanS71
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Certainly Horyuji is a cultural treasure, an amazingly well-preserved and ancient site. It may be worth visiting if you are deeply interested in architectural or art history and have a relaxed schedule. But if your time or budget are tight, or if you have had...More

2  Thank markoboston
Reviewed 29 August 2017

A beautiful temple complex is one of the oldest temple in the world. In the tourist centre you meet lots of local people who volunteer as guides for free. He beautiful explained the story and importance of each building.

Thank mgprabhu
Reviewed 10 August 2017

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.

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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
Albert B
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