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  • Horyu-ji Temple
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    4.5
    526 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujisannai 1-1
    This is a temple inside Horyuji-Sannai, Ikaruga Town. It was established in 607 by Prince Shotoku and Empress Suiko, and the current temple building is celebrated as one of the world's oldest wooden structures and Japan's first World Heritage Site. Inside the grounds are 55 pieces of architecture designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, and in the Daihozoin (Great Treasure Hall) are stored a great many important treasures from the Asuka period. 

    Got there early expecting to see crowds waiting to get in, but not so. Maybe the 1,500 Yen price tag may have scared some off. Buses do go from Nara station, but pretty irregularly, so try the train...

  • Horin-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Mi 1570
    A Buddhist temple located in Mii, Ikaruga Town. Founded in the Asuka period, the temple is said to have been erected by Prince Yamashiro no oe, son of Prince Shotoku. No structures from the time of the temple’s foundings remain today. The temple’s three-tier pagoda, designated a National Treasure in the Meiji period, burned down after a lightning strike in 1944; it was rebuilt in 1975. The temple houses numerous precious Buddhist statues designated as Important Cultural Properties, including an Asuka period seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Healing Buddha),
  • Hiraso (Horyuji Store)
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-8-40
    This eatery in Ikaruga Town, Ikoma County, Nara, sits in front of the gate of Horyuji Temple. It opened in 1861 and has been making persimmon-leaf sushi ever since. The interior has a chic color tone giving it a Japanese-modern feel and take-away goods area available as well. The shop’s feature product, the persimmon-leaf sushi, is a Yoshino specialty in which local Nara grown rice and fatty mackerel are wrapped in a persimmon leaf. They also offer a variety of other menu options from savory to sweet including seasonal noodle dishes and shaved ice. You can even try making persimmon-leaf sushi for yourself.

    ランチにて利用いたしました。奈良セットにしたので、柿の葉ずし、三輪そうめん、温泉卵、わらび餅がセットになっておりました。柿の葉ずしは、サバが二つ、鮭、鯛、大根となっておりました。テイクアウトもできますが、おいしくいただけました。

  • Hokki-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Okamoto 1873
    A Buddhist temple which is said to have once been the Okamoto no Miya palace where Prince Shotoku read the Lotus Sutra and later remodeled into a temple per Shotoku’s will by Prince Yamashiro no oe . It is considered one of the seven temples erected by Prince Shotoku. The only original structure left standing is the three-tier pagoda, which is believed to have been completed in 706; 24 meters tall, it is Japan’s oldest.
  • Ikaruga Cultural Property Utilization Center
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujinishi 1-11-14
    This is a cultural property examination and research center located in Horyuji-nishi 1-chome, Ikaruga Town. It spreads information regarding the preservation and display of cultural properties, and promotes the study of the Fujinoki Tumulus and Ikaruga's history through images and exhibits of Fujinoki Tumulus burial accessory replicas.

    藤の木古墳の副葬品のレプリカや発掘時の映像を見せていただきました。映像は20分位、発掘の状況や当時の担当者へのインタビューなどが中心ですが当時の緊迫感が分かります。ここは単に古墳の紹介だけなのか、研究もしているのか分かりませんが後者ならば古代歴史の解明を期待したいものです。入場料は無料です。

  • Fukokuen
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 2-2-35
    This is a cafe near Horyu-ji Temple, in Horyuji 2-chome, Ikaruga Town. It was built in 1887 and was used by officer of the court Harufusa Kitabatake when he lived in a nearby residence in his later years. They serve lunch with Nara foodstuffs, sweets including shaved ice, coffee made with organic beans, all served in traditionally-made Akahada-yaki ware. 

    法隆寺の散策が終わって入れるか入れないかという時間帯に入ることになりました このときは、昼食をすでに済ませてましたのでカフェとして軽食を取りました 江戸時代からある建物をモダン風に改修してレストランとして使ってるようで なかなか味のある雰囲気がありました タルトと紅茶を注文しましたが味も結構いけてましたね

  • Mori-midori Café
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-9-33
    This is a cafe in Horyuji 1-chome, Ikaruga Town. At lunch they serve dishes such as the limited Mori-midori gohan plate using fresh local vegetables for nutritional balance, the yakuzen curry, and pasta. As a cafe they serve chiffon cake and a daily special cheesecake. They also hold exhibitions of mainly modern art in the attached gallery.

    法隆寺巡りの後は、ぜひこのカフェへ。 お店も素敵ですが、ランチプレートがとても良いです。 10月のプレートは、 焼きナスのジュレがけ、柿の白和え、ジャガイモのキッシュ、白身魚のフライ玉ねぎと人参のマリネソース、サラダ だと思います。(筆者の分析) これにお味噌汁と古代米ごはん。飲み物もついています。 明るい店内で、ゆっくりとご飯を楽しむ。 ゆったりと時が流れていきますよ。、

  • Horyu-ji Temple i Center
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-8-25
    This is an information center at the entrance of the road approaching the Horyu-ji Temple. It provides tourist information and information about Horyu-ji Temple, as well as the history and culture of the local Ikaruga-no-Sato area. The center houses a display of a miniature model of the Horyu-ji Temple, and has an information counter and a multipurpose room.

    Our free guide was well known there, I think they offer different tours, a completely genuine place, they even kept our luggage for free.

  • Bread Cafe Aiteomoi
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 2-9-10
    This is a cafe / bakery in Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga. Customers have a choice of enjoying the breads in the cafe or to take home. The cafe, offers a morning plate dish and lunch set menus such as Aite-omoi lunch, Tatsuta-age fried fish or meat lunch and Tatsuta-age fried burger, served with bread or rice and two small side dishes. All these dishes can be enjoyed with organic coffee.
  • Cafe Chandeleur
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Okidome 5-5-22
    This cafe is located on the Prefectural Route 5 in Okidome, Ikaruga Town. For lunch the cafe offers pizzas, pasta, and roast beef made with domestically grown beef. A course menu or an a la carte menu is available for dinner and all are additive and artificial color free. In the salon next to the cafe visitors can choose from a variety of courses such as body care, massages and mugwort saunas. The salon also offers a relaxation school.
  • Tamura Mitarashi Store
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujiminami 1-6-23
    This is a Mitarashi dumpling specialty shop on the south side of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town. The simply seasoned dumplings with a blend of two types of soy sauce are popular. Visitors can enjoy freshly made dumplings as each dumpling is made to order.

    法隆寺の帰りに寄りました。近くに道しるべがあったので、おそらく旧街道筋にあるお店なのでしょう。実際には、住宅街の中にあるのでわかりにくいですね。店内に入って注文しますがEat-inスペースはありません。屋台のようにお持ち帰りのみ。1本70円で3本頼んで、焼き立ての団子を店前でいただきました。懐かしい醤油味のシンプルな団子はおいしかったです。

  • Fujinoki Tomb
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujinishi 2-1
    This is a historic site west of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town. The large round burial mound is 48 meters in diameter, however it is unknown who is entombed here. The archaeological artifacts discovered in excavations conducted in 1985 and 1988 include stone coffins, earthenware and gold and copper horse riding gear which are designated as Important Cultural Property. These artifacts are kept in the Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara.
  • Genmai-an
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujihigashi 1-3-24
    This is a Japanese restaurant on the east side of Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga Town on the Prefectural Route 9. The restaurant is a traditional wooden building made with Kumano Cedar. It serves brown rice and brown rice mochi-rice cake cooked in a cedar stove with dishes that have been seasoned with naturally fermented condiments. The restaurant offers a small side dish set and steamed vegetable course (reservations are required three days in advance). Guests can also enjoy desserts such as sweet red bean paste served with brown rice mochi rice cakes as well as an Irori sunken fireplace course (dinner is available from four people and reservations are required three days in advance).

    We went here for lunch after visiting Horyuji and it was amazing. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. It’s also impossible to imagine better service. My sone accidentally...

  • Kichiden-ji Temple
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Koyoshida 1-1-23
    This is a temple in Koyoshida, Ikaruga Town. The main principal of worship at the temple is called Joroku Amidanyorai and is 4.8 meters tall. It is the largest of its type in Nara prefecture. It is said if you pray to this principal you can die quickly without causing trouble to anyone, and because of this, it is also called the Pokkuri Temple.

    昔、TVドラマの”極楽家族”で出てきたお寺かと思い込んで訪れてみたところ、同じくぽっくり往生のご利益があると伝わる別のお寺でした。 地元では前の住職が長患いしているとの噂もあり、ご利益があるかはわかりませんが、ほとんど来訪者もいないとても静かなお寺で癒されました。 大きな桜の木があるので、開花している時期に訪れるのが最適かもしれません。

  • Chugu-ji Temple
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    4.0
    116 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Horyuji Kita 1-1-2
    This Buddhist temple is affiliated with Prince Shotoku and is also the oldest Buddhist convent in Japan. Today, the temple adjoins the Horyuji’s Eastern Precinct, but it is said to have originally been built opposite the Horyuji to the west with Prince Shotoku’s Ikaruganomiya palace in between. Particularly worthy of seeing is the temple’s wooden statue depicting a bodhisattva in the half-lotus position. One of only a very few such statues making use of the so-called “archaic smile,” some count it alongside the Sphinx and the Mona Lisa as one of the three great smiling artworks of the world. A replica of the Tenjukoku Shucho Mandala, the oldest work of embroidery art in Japan and a designated National Treasure, is enshrined in the main temple building.

    Y600 admission to view three beautiful old bhuddas and an embroidery, in a modern concrete monstrosity of a temple over a green foul smelling pond. Little else to redeem it!

  • Nara Prefectural Tatsuta Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Inabakurumase 2-553
    A park in the south western part of Ikaruga Town, Ikoma County. The park covers 14 hectares and extends along nearly two kilometers of the Tatsuta River, famously mentioned in the Hyakunin Isshu collection of poems. Mt. Miuro in the park has long been a famous location to take in the changing autumn colors and in the spring you can enjoy the cherry blossoms.
  • Horyuji
    Transportation
    Nara Pref
  • Ramen Ya Mitsuba thesecond
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Horyuji Higashi 2-5-45
  • Tenri Stamina ramen (Horyuji)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Tatsutaminami 4-488-1
  • Rairaitei (Ikaruga)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Tofukuji 1-chome 33-1

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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