The Horyuji Temple (法隆寺), which was completed in the year 607, is known as the world’s oldest remaining wooden structure. It was also Japan’s first ever designated World Heritage Site and during the time following its construction had a profound influence on the design and creation of Buddhist buildings in Japan. The 5-storied Pagoda and the Kondo (main hall) are especially famous. Inside the 187,000 square meter compound you can find buildings that reflect the techniques and styles of different epochs, and also a collection of historical treasures.
|Ikaruga, Ikoma county, Nara prefecture|
| Access from Tokyo:|
2hr20min on the Tokaido Shinkansen (Nozomi) from Tokyo Sta. to Kyoto Sta. From Kyoto Sta., 45 min. to Nara Sta. on the JR Nara Line.
Access to Horyuji: 11 min. on the JR Kansai Main Line from Nara Sta. to Horyuji Sta. 20 min. on foot from the station to Horyuji.
|Website: Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Area|
|Website: UNESCO (English)|
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Area