The Calmness of Hōryū-ji, Nara

Ancestral beauty for a refreshed soul

By Andre Moreira    - 1 min read

Hōryū-ji (法隆寺) is a Buddhist Temple located in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture. It is very famous for its pagoda, widely acknowledged to be one of the world's oldest wooden buildings. Completed in the year of 603, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.

I'm not sure if it is because of its age, but during my visit I felt that the atmosphere inside the temple grounds was almost like that of a different world. I truly value my visits to Japanese temples and shrines because of the tranquility they can transmit to you. In a so busy country, and with enormous metropolis areas such as Tokyo and Osaka, it is just soul refreshing to visit a place like this.

The general entrance ticket costs ¥1,500 and you can spend a really nice afternoon here. Right outside, next to the entrance, there are a few stores where you can buy souvenirs and/or have a meal to replenish your energy after all the walk!

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Andre Moreira

Andre Moreira @andre.moreira

Born in the Portuguese countryside in 1990, I've been living in Japan since 2012. Not long after coming to Japan, I started writing to Japan Travel in English, and later started managing its Portuguese page. I'm continuously looking for new Portuguese language partners to help us make the page even cooler! :)I love traveling in Japan and have been to a lot of places with my wife! There are still many spots on my list... Where should I go next?

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