The Horyuji Temple is located a short train ride from the more popular Nara station. Once we arrived at the Horyuji station, a volunteer guide approached us to offer a free guided visit of the Horyuji temple which we really appreciated. The temple contains some of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. This temple was founded by Prince Shotoku, one of the pioneers in bringing Buddhism to Japan. Our guide told us that the ashes of Buddha were buried under the pagoda. The way by which the ashes got there from India remain a mystery so I am a bit sceptical about the presence of the “real” ashes of Buddha. The Horyu-ji temple is really large with plenty of buildings to see. There is even an indoor museum with exhibits of rare and precious Buddhist statues.
Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese. View all posts by Gaijin San