Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area
This is 2 day course. The fee is 150 USD
from JR Nara Station.
Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area includes a variety of buildings
found in Hōryū-ji and Hokki-ji in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The
structures inscribed are some of the oldest extant wooden buildings in
the world, dating from the 7th to 8th centuries. Many of the monuments
are also National Treasures of Japan, and reflect an important age of
Buddhist influence in Japan. The structures include 21 buildings in the
Hōryū-ji East Temple, 9 in the West Temple, 17 monasteries and other buildings,
and the pagoda in Hokki-ji.
Guests take tour starting from Hōryū-ji. Enclosed by roofed corridors,
the Western Precinct is home to the world's oldest surviving wooden structures:
the central gate (Chumon), the main hall (Kondo) and a five-story pagoda.
They were built sometime in the Asuka Period (538-710) and have not suffered
destruction ever since, although they have undergone renovations multiple
times over the centuries.