1 day itinerary

Nara 1 day itinerary (Horyu-ji Temple & Ikaruga)

With the highlight of the ancient temple of Horyu-ji as Japan’s first World Heritage site, leisurely visit the temples of Ikaruga with its beautiful pastoral scenery and air of the old legends.



Day 1

JR Nara Station ( 09:00 AM ~ 09:00 AM )
JR Horyu-ji Station ( 09:20 AM ~ 09:20 AM )
Horyuji Temple ( 09:40 AM ~ 11:40 AM )
Chugu-ji Temple ( 11:40 AM ~ 01:00 PM )
Horin-ji Temple ( 01:20 PM ~ 02:00 PM )
Hoki-ji Temple ( 02:15 PM ~ 03:00 PM )
Jiko-in Temple ( 03:25 PM ~ 04:20 PM )
JR Yamato-Koizumi Station ( 05:00 PM ~ 05:00 PM )
JR Nara Station ( 05:30 PM ~ 05:30 PM )

Day 1 - Nara

09:00 AM 09:00 AM   -   JR Nara Station


Take the JR Yamatoji Line’s Rapid Service train bound for Nanba to JR Horyu-ji Station. The trip will take about 11 minutes


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Address 1-1 Sanjo-honmachi, Nara-shi, Nara See map
Website https://www.jr-odekake.net/eki/top.php?id=0620816

09:20 AM 09:20 AM   -   JR Horyu-ji Station


It takes 20 minutes on foot from JR Horyu-ji Station to Horyu-ji Temple whereas taking the bus from the station will take a little under 10 minutes. Get off at the bus stop Horyu-ji Mon Mae.


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Address 9-1-1 Okidome, Ikarugacho, Ikoma-gun, Nara See map

09:40 AM 11:40 AM   -   Horyuji Temple


Japan’s first World Heritage site was registered for having some of the world’s oldest wooden structures. Take a walk inside the huge grounds and observe the Buddhist statues and buildings which boast a tradition of about 1400 years.


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Business Hours Feb 22〜Nov 3 8:00am~5:00pm
Nov 4〜Feb 21 8:00am〜4:30pm
Price Adults: 1,500 YEN
Child: 750 YEN
Address 1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikarugacho Ikoma-gun, Nara See map
Telephone 0745-75-2555
Website http://www.horyuji.or.jp/horyuji_e.htm

11:40 AM 01:00 PM   -   Chugu-ji Temple


Visit Chugu-ji Temple which is next to Horyu-ji. View Miroku, the National Treasure Buddhist statue with its faint, mysterious smile. Enjoy lunch in the vicinity of Chugu-ji since there are a number of restaurants here.


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Business Hours Oct 1〜Mar 20 9:00am〜4:00pm
Mar 21〜Sep 30 9:00am〜4:30pm
Price Adults: 600 YEN
Junior high school students: 450yen
Elementary school students: 300yen
Address 1-1-2 Horyujikita, Ikarugacho, Ikoma-gun, Nara See map
Telephone 0745-75-2106

01:20 PM 02:00 PM   -   Horin-ji Temple


After lunch, walk over to the temples of Ikaruga. From Chugu-ji, it takes around 15 minutes on foot to reach Horin-ji Temple. Tour the grounds and the pagoda with the beautiful view that is known as one of the Three Pagodas of Ikaruga.


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Business Hours March-the end of November 8am~5pm
December-the end of February 8am~4:30pm

Open everyday
Price Adults: 500 YEN
Child: 200 YEN
Address 1570 Mii, Ikarugacho, Ikoma, Nara See map
Telephone 0745-75-2686
Website https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A00939/

02:15 PM 03:00 PM   -   Hoki-ji Temple


A World Heritage temple that has Japan’s oldest three-storey pagoda. Its wonderful view of the spreading tranquil fields of Ikaruga is one of the highlights.


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Business Hours Feb 22〜Nov 3 8:30am〜5:00pm
Nov 4〜Feb 21 8:30am〜4:30pm
Price Adults: 300 YEN
Address 1873 Okamoto, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-cho, Nara See map
Telephone 0745-75-5559
Website http://www.horyuji.or.jp/hokiji_e.htm

03:25 PM 04:20 PM   -   Jiko-in Temple


Jiko-in is unusual in that the entire temple complex has been built as one large teahouse. Spend some quiet time viewing the garden while drinking matcha tea.


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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 1,000 YEN
Child: 1,000 YEN
Children younger than 6 (pre-schoolers) are free
The entrance fee includes matcha tea
Address 865 Koizumicho, Yamatokoriyama, Nara See map
Telephone 0743-53-3004
Website http://www1.kcn.ne.jp/~jikoin/English-top.html

05:00 PM 05:00 PM   -   JR Yamato-Koizumi Station


You can walk to the station in a little under 20 minutes from Jiko-in Temple. Take the JR Yamato-Koizumi Line (bound for Nara) and head to JR Nara Station.


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Address 492-3 Koizumicho, Yamatokoriyama, Nara See map

05:30 PM 05:30 PM   -   JR Nara Station



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Address 1-1 Sanjo-honmachi, Nara-shi, Nara See map
Website https://www.jr-odekake.net/eki/top.php?id=0620816

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