Horyu-ji ("Temple of the Flouring Law [of Buddhism]"), the most celebrated
was dedicated to Yakushi, Buddha of Healing.
It was founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku, the great founder of Buddhism in Japan.
Four of the buildings from the complex have survived for over 1,300 years and are
the oldest wooden structures in the world: the Main Hall (Kondo),
five-story Pagoda (Goju-no-To), Central Gate (Chumon) and Cloister Gallery (Kairo).
In fact, Horyu-ji contains more than 2,000 important treasures.
This temple is regarded as birthplace of Buddhism in Japan.