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A Cycling Tour to Visit the Oldest World Heritage in Japan!
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Horyuji Temple: a world heritage full of national treasures

How about visiting the oldest five-storied pagoda in the world and world heritage, Horyuji Temple with your otomo guide?
Horyuji Temple has brought the dawn of Japanese Buddhism and is the oldest world heritage in Japan. There are many historical Buddhist image and structures that will make you excited and overwhelmed! The five-storied pagoda there is the oldest one in the world, but its quake-proof technique of the structure is the same as used in TOKYO SKYTREE!
You will also visit an ancient tomb, a unique temple, a countryside with fields and rice fields, and a café peculiar to a historical city!
Don’t forget to book your tour to visit the oldest world heritage in Japan!

Highlights

・Visit Horyuji Temple and other must-visit spots near the temple! There are so many spots to visit in Horyuji Temple that it takes a whole day. On this tour, your otomo guide will show you around the must-visit spots effectively. Not only those spots in the temple but also around it!

Attractions

・Gable: You will rent your bike and start your tour here! Your guide will help you with rent a bike since it will proceed in Japanese.
・Kichiden-Ji Temple: A temple with many “mokugyo” in the main building. A “mokugyo” is a wooden drum-like instrument used when you chant Buddhist sutra so you can’t usually use it, but here at Yoshida Temple you can beat a “mokugyo”!
・Fujinoki Tomb: A tomb which is said to be built in the second half of the 6th century and had many rare tomb furnishings in it.
・Horyuji Temple: The oldest world heritage in Japan which has the oldest wooden existing five-storied pagoda in the world. It has many national treasures and important cultural properties in its large premises.
・Chuguji Temple: A temple which has one of the three major smiling images in the world: the archaic smile in the main building in a lake. Sit down and enjoy the Buddhist saint smiling in hope of everyone’s happiness.
・Fukokuen: A café which frequently appears in magazines! They have a lot of specialties which looks and tastes great: a Japanese traditional sweet using persimmon which is grown locally and shaved ice!
・Mahoroba Station ikarucoki: A shop that carries a selection of products. Handtowels here has patterns unique to Japan and is really promising as a souvenir!

Notes

・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves cycling.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat at resting spots.
・On Tuesdays and Wednesdays "Fukoku" and on Wednesdays "Mahoraba Station ikarucoki" are closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
・Please bring your ID such as a passport for each person since you will rent a bike. If you forget your ID, your guide might change part of the tour.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
- Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 3,400)
- Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

Outside the gate of Horyuji Station, JR Kansai Line

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