Horyu-ji Temple

Nara, Kansai

Horyu-ji is widely known as the worlds oldest wooden construction, and it tells us how 6th and 7th century temples would have looked. At the end of the 6th century, Emperor Yomei wished to make a temple and a Buddhist statue as an offering so that he would be cured of his illness, but he died without fulfilling his wishes. It is believed that Horyu-ji came into being when Emperor Suiko and Prince Shotoku took over and built the temple and the Buddhist statue of Yakushi Nyorai, which was the center of worship in 607.The temple is divided into Sai-in Garan Temple, centering on the pagoda and the main hall, and To-in Garan Temple, centering on Yumedono Temple. Outstanding buildings from every era, including ancient ones from the 6th and 7th centuries, line up in grounds measuring approximately 187,000 sq m, and there are many treasures that have been passed down. There are approximately 2,300 items in 190 categories which have been designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. It was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in December 1993.’


1-1 Sannai, Horyu-ji, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara, Nara
[Bus]JR Horyuji Station/Bus/8 min./Horyuji-monzen Bus Stop/On foot/5 min.

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