◆Horyuji Guide Nara sghtseeing spot◆
by Yamabe Hotel

Access to the Horyuji from Yamabe Hotel

1) Using JR train
Yamabe Hotel → Tenri station 3min. → Nara station(Bound for Nara)15min → Horyuji station 10min.→ walk 5min.

2) Using Kintetsu train Yamabe Hotel → Tenri station 3min. → Tsutsui station(lcal train)15min. → Horyuji bus stop by Nara Kotsu 15min.

About Horyuji Temple

Horyuji History

Horyji was bigining to be bult by Yomei Emperor,the father of prince Shotoku(Shotoku Taisi) for hoping recovering Yomei emperor's illness.After Yomei Emperor's death,Prince Shotoku and Suiko emperor completed the Horyuji construction in AC 607.Horyuji is thohght to be the oldest wooden building in the world,but the present bulding's era is not clear.Some history stamement said that Horyuji is fired completly and rebult.As the recent scientific reseach in 2004,the most of wooden material of Horyuji is prepared around in 665 or 668,this fact supports the rebult of Horyuji.but it is clear that Horyuji is the very oled wooden building.

Prince of Shotoku

Prince of Shotoku is the great politician about 1400years ago.
He create the first constitution in Japan called "17 linea of constitution".
He made the new political position called "Kan-I-Jyuuni-kai".He distinguish the politaical position with the uniform and the clour of tiara.
He send diplomats to Cjina(Zui) called "Ken-Zui-Si".
In the Asuka or Hakuho era The prince of Shotoku lives,Major religion of Japan is the "Shinto".But he spread the Budhism of Citizen and politics.

Seven Mystery of Horyuji

1) In Horyuji temple,spiders never make the nets.
2) Stone of Sea beam, in front of the Nandaimon gate, never sink in the water even if hard rains.
3) Top of the "Goju-No-Tou"(five storied tower),there are four stickles and the direction of the stickes changes.
4) Underground of the center yard of Horyuji temple,there are three warehouses of treasure called "fukuzo".
5) Frogs in the Yoruka Pond in Horyuji has only one eye.it is said that when Prince of Shotoku study,the frogs called loudly,then he break one eyes.
6) Backside of "Rei-Dai" in the "Yumedono" is always sweating.
7) In Horyuji, Rain drops never make the holes.

The world heritage

Horyuji becomes the first world hrritage in Japan.The old wooden building such as Kondo Gojunotou(five storied tower) is beautiful offcourse.but we recommend the Statues and National treasure in Horyuji.Most of the Statues in Asuka or Hakuho era were lost in other temples. but many treasures were remain in Horyuji. Dont forget to visit "Houzouin" many Staues and National treasures are showed.

Tourist Spots and Photo of Horyuji

Aproach road to Horyuji Temple

Pine trees are beautiful.

Aproach road to Horyuji Temple

Nandaimon Gate

Entrance of Horyuji temple

Nandaimon Gate

Monument of the World Heritage

It locates aside of Nakamon Gate.

Monument of the World Heritage

The Benten Pond

Lotus flowers are full in bloom in August.

The Benten Pond

The Nakamon Gate from outside

You can see the Nio wooden
Statues bothseide of gate.

The Nakamon Gate from outside

The Nakamon Gate from inside

The pillar is made by entasis technique.

The Nakamon Gate from inside

The Nio wooden Statue (Ugyo)

The Nio statue closing mouth is called "Ugyo".
it shows the ending the Universe.

The Nio wooden Statue (Ugyo)

The Nio wooden Statue (Agyo)

The Nio statue opning mouth is called "Agyo".
it shows the bigininng the Universe.

The Nio wooden Statue (Agyo)

Goju-No-Tou(Five Storied Tower)

The of of the oldest wooden building
in the world.

Goju-No-Tou(Five Storied Tower)

Stickles of Goju-No-Tou(Five Storied Tower)

Stickles are locates at "Kurin"
top of the Goju-No-Tou.

Stickles of Goju-No-Tou(Five Storied Tower)

Seireiin

Tere is the Statue of prince
of Shotoku in Seireiin.

Seireiin

Yumedono

This building was bult after the death
of prince of Shotoku.Many statues are shown
in the Unique shape building.

Nandaimon Gate

Detail guide of Horyuji written by Japanese