Horyu-ji Temple, Ikaruga-cho

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See one of the area's seven great temples, the UNESCO-protected Horyu-ji Temple. Founded in 607 CE by Prince Shotoku, one of the early promoters of Buddhism in Japan, the temple represents one of the oldest surviving places of worship in the country, and contains some of the oldest standing wooden structures in the world. The spacious temple grounds have been separated into two main precincts, with the western section home to most of the historic features, including a five-story pagoda, a main hall, and a central gate flanked by statues of Kongo Rikishi. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Ikaruga-cho holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Horyu-ji Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Horyuji Temple is the oldest wooden building in the world that i learned once and time. It is certainly a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was recognized in Japan as well as Himeji Castle. As we entered the precincts from Namdaemun, we went straight to The Seiin Cathedral. There is a famous five-story pagoda and a gold hall lined with it. This is the oldest wooden building in the world. It's a building that was hundreds of thousands of years old, and these buildings have been going on for incredible years. It's a surprise. After that, we enjoyed the large precincts while seeing the yumeden in The Toin Cathedral.
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  • The nearest station is jr, which is about a 20-minute walk away, so a shuttle bus and rental bicycles are recommended. There is a history by the oldest existing wooden building in the world, and the precincts are wide, but there are few business hairs in and around the temple, and it is interesting to walk around Horyu-ji Temple.
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  • Impressive temple, the oldest wooden building in the world. We had a volunteer free English guide who explained to us in great detail the peculiarities of the place. Our entrance also included the visit to the museum and other buildings. It is much quieter than the temples in Nara park, and it just 30 minutes by local train from Nara (JR lines)
  • If you ever get a chance to go to Nara, drop by Horyuji, its one stop after Oji station from Osaka to Nara. Take the bus to one of the oldest temples in Japan. This simple but ancient temple is simply sublime. Not a lot of tourists go, so its quite easy to enjoy and soak in the history.
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