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Horyu-ji Temple

1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
+81 745-75-2555
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1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun 636-0115, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  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.

Thank J G
Reviewed 6 August 2017 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 5 August 2017

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

2  Thank Gemini6_tadvisor
Reviewed 21 July 2017

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

1  Thank GVancouver
Reviewed 4 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
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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