World Heritage: Toshodaiji Temple4.8
Toshodaiji was built in the year 759 by the Chinese priest Ganjin, who was invited by the emperor to improve Japanese Buddhism. A wooden statue of Ganjin quietly sits in the north building, his face beautifully gleaming in meditation.
The Kondo (Golden Hall), reopened to public in 2009 after 10 years of renovation, is a national treasure and houses an amazing Senju (1,000 arms) Kannon image. Senju Kannon statues usually have only dozens of arms, but the one you see here really has 1,000 arms!
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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 34.1km) Google Transit
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5.0a month ago
Incredibly beautiful environment and great buildings. Although not everything is as old as it seems, it's well maintained and the rebuilds are very well done. Well worth a visit.
5.02 months ago
A quiet and lovely place filled with culture treasures. I don't speak Japanese so my understanding of the culture and historical aspects were limited. There is a really nice park in the back though.
5.02 weeks ago
Very nice temple with sacred Buddha statues and Bosath statues. No rush like Nara park and Nara city. You can enjoy the environment and worship as you like. 10 mins from the Kintetsu Nishi no kyo station by walk.
5.0a month ago
Quiet and classic, Toshodaiji locates at the suburb area of Nara, with a glory of Buddism and rich history for more than 1400 years. A place you can't miss while visiting Nara.
5.010 months ago
One of the most amazing and historical places in Japan. You should go to the biggest building in the temple. You can see a thousand hands Buddha sculpture, which was sculpted more than a thousand years ago, that is national treasure of Japan.