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. After finishing my Computer Engineering University Course in Lisbon, Portugal, I decided to study Japanese in Tokyo, with the purpose of continuing my studies there. After one year of studying of the language, I entered a Japanese Professional College where I finished my study in 2015. I am now working in a videogame Japanese company as Motion Designer. I also write in my blog about Japan. My goal is to introduce Japan to anyone who is interested in the culture, the language, the music, the anime, the food, and so on. And that's what you can find there: everything! Plus, my experience here as a Portuguese expat. You can access through this link: The Rising Sky Blog Should you have some questions on how to come to Japan, what to do, where to study, etc., feel free to contact me!

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