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.
Horyuji is located about 12 km outside of central Nara.
From JR Nara Station, take the frequently departing Yamatoji Line to Horyuji Station (12 minutes). From there, it is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride (190 yen, departures every 20 minutes) to the temple.
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.
information source: japan-guide.com
Hours: 8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from early November to late February)
Admission: 1000 yen
Address: 1-1, Horyujisannai, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara
Airport: Itami Airport
No closing days