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Hokki-ji Temple (法起寺)

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.


Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Okamoto 1873 (Ikaruga / IkomaArea)

phone 0745755559

[Worship times]
[2/22-11/3] 8:30-17:00
[11/4-2/21] 8:30-16:30

Review of Hoki-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2019/12/16 World cultural heritage
Hoji-ji is not as much known as Horyuji, but it is also on the list of world cultural heritage. The view of the pagoda over a pond is photogenic. From JR Yamato Koizumi station, you can walk.
Reviewed:2018/09/07 Pleasant enough UNESCO old temple.
Worth the hike up from the Horyuji temple, this one is a bit run down, considering its UNESCO status. Nevertheless, a pleasant way to spend the odd half hour.
Reviewed:2016/04/21 法起寺 [斑鳩] Hōkiji (Ikaruga)
Hōkiji was originally built in 606 as Okamoto Palace for Prince Shōtoku, who is a famous figure in Japanese history for his patronage of Buddhism and civilising edicts. In 622 it became a temple and...

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Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Okamoto 1873 [map]
Ikaruga / IkomaArea
[Worship times]
[2/22-11/3] 8:30-17:00
[11/4-2/21] 8:30-16:30
[Admission fee to worship]
[Adult] 300yen
[Child] 200yen
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Temporary suspension:Closed until May 20, 2020 (Information as of May 5, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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