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.
Tours To Horyu-ji Temple
KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 Customize Your Itinerary BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $935
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Hiroshima World Heritage Sightseeing Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $51
Duration: 7 hours 40 minutes
Horyu-ji Temple Reviews
Historically the Horyuji is a very important temple: it was founded in 607 CE by Prince Shotoku, who is credited with the early court promotion of Buddhism in Japan. This temple, therefore, can be... more »
Horyuji, the oldest still existing wooden construction of the world, is designated as a world cultural heritage. It is absolutely worth visiting. The premises of the temple, which are divided into... more »
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.
Plan your trip to Ikaruga-cho
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Ikaruga-cho
Hidden gems in Ikaruga-cho
See all ›
Wildlife in Ikaruga-cho
Nearby attractions in Ikaruga-cho
Duration: 1 hour
Plans to Horyu-ji Temple by other users
18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Wakayama BY A USER FROM JAPAN July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 59 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 47 days in Japan BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium