Hokiji is a Buddhist temple, and is about 2 km
located northeast of Horyuji
In Japanese, it is pronounced long as "Hookiji", and many people also say "Hokkiji".
This temple is one of "Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area" designated as a World Heritage Site.
It was founded in 638, and Chuguji was also founded in the same period.
Originally there was Okamoto Palace in this site, and it was the palace that Prince Shotoku was living.
After he died in 622, the palace was changed to a temple according to his will.
It is said that the temple was current Hokiji.
There are some buildings in the precincts.
But the original building is only three-story pagoda, and the other buildings had rebuilt since the middle ages.
The three-story pagoda was built in 706, and is the Japan's oldest one.
The height is 24 meters, and it is the Japan's highest one except Toto in Yakushiji with unique architecture.
This pagoda is designated as a national treasure.
The admission fee to this temple is 300 yen.
About 25 minutes from Chuguji. (1.5 km)
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan