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    Horyuji is a large temple complex in southern Nara comprising forty buildings that became Japan's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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    Every culture has a single historical hero; a visionary credited with planting the seeds from which cultural, aesthetic, and ethical values flourished.

    For Japan that person is the revered Prince Shotoku, early champion of Buddhism. Not only did this highly progressive leader produce Japan's first written constitution and legal code, thus laying the foundations of an organized state.

    He is also credited with having introduced the concept of wa ("harmony") as the fundamental value shaping the Japanese character. His ' life and achievements are celebrated here at Horyuji.
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    It stands on the site of one of Japan's earliest Buddhist temples, which he built. After entering through the Nandaimon (Great South Gate) walk down another long walkway to the Chumon (Central Gate) and the inner temple grounds.

    Just past the fearsome Guardian Kings on watch for intruding evil, is the Sai-in, the western compound.

    This contains Horyuji's five-storied pagoda and the Kende (main hall), built around 670 and the world's oldest wooden building.

    Within the To-in (eastern compound) is the octagonal Yumedono (Hall of Dreams), who’s exquisite Guze Kannon statue was considered so sacred that it was completely hidden from human eyes from its dedication in 737 until 1884, when it was unwrapped by a visiting American art scholar —with the Meiji government's blessing of course.

    Also in the eastern compound is the Daihozoden (Great Treasure Hall), housing Horyuji's magnificent collection of Buddhist art, among Japan's finest. Included are over 10,000 items, 1,780 of which are classified as national treasures or important cultural assets. Highlights include an Indian-style Shaka triad; the Yumechigae ("Dream Changing") Kannon, said to transform its worshippers' nightmares into pleasant dreams; and the Kudara Kannon, a graceful, willowy statue named after a region in Korea, whose designer and creator was almost certainly Korean. Horyuji was built by craftsmen imported from Korea, and the temple bears much of their distinctive artistic stamp.

    Surprisingly, Horyuji also contains a building dedicated to a foreigner: Langdon Warner, a Harvard art professor whom the Japanese have mistakenly credited with saving both Nara and Kyoto from aerial bombing during World War 11. The decision to spare them was actually taken by Henry Stimson, the US Secretary of War, who knew the cities from his own pre-war visits.

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      • Hōryū-ji
        Horyuji is a large temple complex in southern Nara comprising forty buildings that became Japan's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        Hōryū-ji 1-1 Hōryūji Sannai, Ikaruga-chō, Ikoma-gun, Nara-ken 636-0115, Japan
      • Naramachi

        Naramachi is a famous neighbourhood of the Nara city; filled with beautiful old houses, tiny shops, eclectic art galleries, and facinating museums.

        Naramachi, Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture 639-1159, Japan
      • Nishinokyocho
        Found to the South west of modem Nara is an ancient area called Nishi-nokyo (meaning "west of the capital"), where you will find three important temples.

        The sunset reflection of the twin pagodas of Yakushlji in a nearby lake is one of Japan's most striking and visually poetic images. Of the original buildings, only the To-to (East Pagoda) remains, considered by many to be Japan's most beautiful pagoda.

        Although it appears to have six stories, the pagoda is actually a three-story structure, each level having an extra roof for added visual impact. The vermilion Sai-to (West Pagoda) was built in 1980 on the site of the long-destroyed original. Between them is the Kondo (golden, or main, hall), reconstructed in 1975.

        Among its many notable bronze images is the Yakushi triad, comprising three blackened-bronze images: the Yakushi Buddha (dedicated to healing and medicine) seated on a medicine chest between Bodhisattvas of the sun and moon.
        Nishinokyocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8042, Japan
      • Tōshōdai-ji

        The Toshodaiji temple boasts rare examples of ancient architecture and sculpture. Less spectacular than some of the temples in expensively restored Nishi-nokyo which is its neighbor to the south, Toshodaiji nevertheless is the largest remaining example of Nara period architecture.

        It has numerous period sculptures - the most celebrated is a 5-m (16.5-ft) thousand-armed Kannon statue.

        Tōshōdai-ji 13-46 Gojōchō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8032, Japan
      • Nara

        For anyone interested in the history of Japanese art and culture, no visit will be complete bereft of a tour of Nara. Note that as well as it's magnificent cultural treasures; Nara offers the unlikely phenomenon of the world's most aggressive deer.

        Although Kyoto endures as Japan's major historical and cultural centre, Japanese tourists, and you too should equally revere this the Kansai region's other fasinating historical center.

        Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
      • Kōfukuji Five Storied Pagoda

        Found in the Nara Park and at the edge of the Sarusawa-ike pond is Kofukuji temple. It's impressive 50 metre or 165 foot, pagoda with 5 floors.

        It is Japan's second-largest after the Toji pagoda which is located in Kyoto.

        It is undoubtedly one of Nara's most photographed places. The present structure, which is still very old, as it dates from 1426, replacing some 5 pagodas each one destroyed by fire and then rebuilt.

        In the past Kofukuji has comprised around 175 buildings, most of which have been lost. These include the Kasuga Grand Shrine, with which it has been closely associated for well over a thousand years.  This is found at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa. 

        The surviving artworks of Kofukuji and other artifacts are housed in its newest building, the Museum of National Treasures. This is now a fire-proof building which was constructed in 1958 to honour Kofukuji's  cultural and historic importance.

        Kōfukuji Five Storied Pagoda 48 Noboriōjichō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8213, Japan
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        48 Noboriojicho, Nara, 630-8213, Japan
      • Nara National Museum

        This is originally built part of museum. It is connected by a subterranean tunnel to a newer, tile-roofed structure just beyond it.

        This museum of ancient art displays Buddhist statues and sculptural types from around the year 600 through the Middle Ages.

        The permanent collection is housed in the old wing, and its fascinating exhibits showcase the development of Chinese influenced Buddhist art and design.

        The gift shop in the underpass between the two buildings offers an excellent selection of quality souvenirs, reproductions, and posters of Nan culture.

        Nara National Museum Japan, 〒630-8213 Nara-ken, Nara-shi, Noboriōjichō, 奈良市登大路町50
      • Shinyakushi-ji
        The Shin-Yakushi Temple is an edifice of genuine antiquity. Founded by the Empress Komyo, the temple's hall, with an imposing collection of Buddhist statuary from the same era, is the original building, standing, in much the same manner as when it was erected in the 8th century, in a clearing of bush clover.
        Shinyakushi-ji 1352 Takabatakechō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8301, Japan
      • Nandaimon Gate of Tōdaiji
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        Nandaimon Gate of Tōdaiji 406-1 Zōshichō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8211, Japan

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 2.5 53.4 36.5 21
      Feb 3.1 70.2 37.6 27.6
      Mar 6.4 105.1 43.5 41.4
      Apr 12.1 138 53.8 54.3
      May 17 129.7 62.6 51.1
      Jun 21.3 219.2 70.3 86.3
      Jul 25.9 174.3 78.6 68.6
      Aug 26.7 128.7 80.1 50.7
      Sep 22.7 198.6 72.9 78.2
      Oct 16.3 140.4 61.3 55.3
      Nov 10.5 81 50.9 31.9
      Dec 5.4 55.3 41.7 21.8

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        • Most importantly, no rush. Large areas, you can walk for 2 hours, enjoy the history and worship. There are bus services to other places and stations. Amazing temple.
        • It is.. somewhat underwhelming. The entrance fee is really high at 1500 yen. While the oldest pagoda looks quite remarkable, in the end its not much different from similar ones built later. Apart from the pagoda there are bunch of temples around, but nothing really remarkable. There is also a museum, but its filled with equally unremarkable artifacts. Probably worth a visit if you are passing by and really into ancient buildings, definitely not worth a dedicated trip.
        • This felt like we were donating to UNESCO. Although the structures are interesting to see, there is no information whatsoever, no signs. You can walk around there but that's it. It looks nice but with no information and limited things too see, we felt the ¥1500 was way too expensive, especially compared to other sights in Japan that offer more for less.
        • Great and not too crowded place. Mostly school trip students. A small town with not much to do. Architecture is preety much like all other temples.
        • Eldest wooden building of temple in Japan. Very silent and kalm place here.


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