Visiting Horyuji Temple


Is there any place I can change money?


The only place in Ikaruga-cho is The Nanto Bank, but the currency types, bill types and monetary amounts allowed are limited. Many shops and restaurants only accept cash, so you will have a smoother experience if you change your money before coming to Ikaruga Village. At present, there are no automatic money changing machines. It is possible to use a credit card to withdraw cash from an ATM at the 7-Eleven convenience store in front of the station and on weekdays at the post office.


What are the hours for visits to Horyuji Temple?


8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 22 to Nov. 3.
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 4 to Feb. 21.
Visitor reception ends 30 minutes before the closing of the gate, but it is recommended that visitors finish going through reception by 3 p.m.


Where are tickets for visiting Horyuji Temple sold?


Go through the South Main Gate at the front of the temple, and climb the slope to the left of the Central Gate. At the end of the slope you will find the visitor ticket sales counter. It depends on the time when you finish going through reception, but you can usually visit the Saiin Garan (Western Precinct), the Daihozoin (Gallery of Temple Treasures), and the Toin Garan (Eastern Precinct).


Is it possible to view the normally hidden Kuse Kannon (Avalokitesvara the Savior) statue in Yumedono (Hall of Visions)?


It can be viewed when the doors of the miniature shrine that holds it are opened in the spring from April 11 to May 18 and in autumn from Oct. 22 to Nov. 22.


Is there somewhere I can check my belongings inside Horyuji Temple?


There is nowhere to check your belongings on the temple grounds, so leave them at a store along the road in front of the South Main Gate of Horyuji Temple or in a locker at the station.