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“Nice Morning Excursion”
Review of Horyuji Temple

Horyuji Temple
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US$586.62*
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Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto from Osaka
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Ikaruga-cho
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

It's worth coming here especially if staying overnight in Nara. It's a short train ride from JR Nara although it's about a 30 minute walk from the train station in Ikaruga-cho (town) to the temple complex. By the train station exit is a tourist counter with very friendly staff. The counter is located by a window, so the staff will point you the route. It's very easy to find your way to the temple complex and back to the station as there are signs everywhere. The route on foot will take you through the town's local neighborhoods, which is quite interesting as it offers a glimpse of local life. I visited when the weather was cooler in late spring. So, this may not be as pleasant of an experience if you're visiting in the hot humid summer.

The temple complex was less crowded compared to Todai-ji when I visited. The majority of the visitors were local tourists. So, the place was quite peaceful and I had a relaxing time. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded by Prince Shotoku who propagated Buddhism in Japan. You can see his images in the museum within the grounds.

Horyu-ji houses the oldest wooden structures in the world, which are amazing. Looking at them and being surrounded by so much antiquity reminded me how truly amazing human civilization is.

I had a train bound for Kyoto to catch that afternoon and only spent a couple of hours there. Still, it was a wonderful way to spend a morning.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Whether you're inclined towards Buddhism or not, you will still be able to appreciate the fine artistry that devoted artists from millennia ago have put into creating these relics. The buildings itself, while the oldest surviving wood buildings in Japan, and in the world, are fairly impressive, I was more impressive with the artwork. Take your time and really look at the details.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

If you are planning to visit Nara from Kyoto you will need 2 days. One for central Nara and one for the outlying sights such as Horyuji. The JR train from Kyoto takes 45 minutes, from JR Nara take a smaller train to Horyuji Station. From there you can get a bus or even walk. Make this your first stop in Nara, it is the furthest out, but is the best. You can then slowly visit temples closer in to town. Horyuji is a huge monastery which includes the world's oldest wooden buildings. Many of the halls you see are over 1300 years old. Your ticket give you access to three main areas plus a museum called the Gallery of Temple Treasures. Towering over the first courtyard is the Five Storey Pagoda, the oldest in Japan. The most impressive exhibit in the Treasures Gallery is a tabernacle covered in iridescent beetle shells. At the far eastern end is the compact octagonal Hall of Visions. You can easily spend a whole morning wandering the grounds.

1  Thank Jolyon67
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

電車からは距離がありそうだしバスの時刻表を調べるのもめんどうで、
バイクで、行きました。
さすが世界遺産、他の季節にもう一度来ようと思うぐらい、回りの雑踏とはかけ離れた
ピ~ンとした感じを受けました。

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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We visited Horyuji Temple during our 2 night stay in Nara. It is very easy to get to. From JR Nara station take Yamatoji line to Horyuji Station (12 min). From there it is a 20 min walk with marked signs to temple. Also, there is a tourist desk at the JR Nara station where we got an excellent map.

Went first thing in the morning and it was very enjoyable.

Admission is 1000 yen per person for admission to 3 spots. We went during cherry blossom season and I took a few beautiful pictures here without it being crowded.

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