Horyuji Temple

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Founded in 607 AD by Prince Shotoku, who is attributed with having introduced Buddhism to Japan, Horyuji (@, Hōryūji) is one of Japan's oldest temples. Its main hall, five story pagoda and central gate, all located in the temple's Saiin Garan (Western Precinct), are the world's oldest surviving wooden structures.

Next to the Saiin Garan is Daihozoin (or Great Treasure Hall), a newly-constructed hall built in 1998 to exhibit a part of the temple's historied art collection. On the other side of the temple grounds, the main attraction of the Toin Garan (Eastern Precinct) is the octogonally-shaped Yumedono, the Hall of Visions.

In 1993, Horyuji was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Unlike many other historic attractions in Japan, Horyuji is wheelchair accessible and provides pamphlets in various foreign languages.

Yumedono Hall

Get There and Around

Horyuji is located about 12 km outside of central Nara.

By train
From JR Nara Station, take the frequently-departing Yamatoji Line to Horyuji Station (12 minutes, 220 yen). From there, it is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride (190 yen, departures every 20 minutes) to the temple.

By bus
From JR or Kintetsu Nara Station, take bus number 97 to Horyuji-mae. The one way ride takes about one hour and costs 760 yen. There is one bus per hour.

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Hours and Fees

Hours

8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from early November to late February)

Closed

No closing dates

Fees

1500 yen
Last updated: February 3, 2015
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