Guide to Kansai Region



Horyu-ji,was founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku. The temple has the oldest wooden buildings in the world.Hōryū-ji was inscribed together with Hokki-ji as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the name Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area.The Japanese govemment lists several of its structures, sculptures and artifacts as National Treasures.

Horyu-ji is divided into two wings. The woode-grain patterns created by pressing the walls with boards, thought to make the walls earthquake resistant.

The famous statue Miroku Bosatsu is slender,youthful figure, fingers of the right hand poised near the cheek, head tilted forward as if listening, eyelids lowered,is meditating on the sufferings of mankind.

The temple is something of a time capsule preserving hundreds of art works from the 7th and 8th centuries,and pivotal figure who established Chinese culture in Japan.

The current temple is made up of two areas, the Sai-in in the west and the Tō-in in the east. The western part of the temple contains the Kondō (Sanctuary Hall) and the temple's five-story pagoda. The Tō-in area holds the octagonal Yumedono Hall (Hall of Dreams) and sits 122 meters east of the Sai-in area. The complex also contains monk's quarters, lecture halls, libraries, and dining halls.