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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Nara
Horyuji Temple 
# 4   of 16 most visited
sights in Nara

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Founded by Prince Shotoku, who is attributed with having introduced Buddhism to Japan, Horyuji is one of Japan's oldest temples. Its main hall, five storied pagoda and central gate, all located in the temple's Saiin Garan (Western Precinct) and dating from the 7th century, are the world's oldest surviving wooden structures.

Next to the Saiin Garan is the newly constructed Daihozoin, a hall that exhibits a part of the temple's art collection. The main attraction of the Horyuji's Toin Garan (Eastern Precinct) is the 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

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How to get there
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.

How to get to and around Nara

Hours and Fees
Hours:8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from early November to late February)
Closed:No closing dates
Admission:1000 yen

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Hotels and Ryokan
Nara is commonly visited on a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, and only a few tourists overnight there. Indeed, the range of accommodation in Nara is rather limited, but there are a few options for those aiming to visit the city in more than a day trip. A location close to Nara Park is generally preferred.
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Tours and Packages
Nara Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Nara and surroundings.

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