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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4.02 months ago
Is beautiful but many things are being repared.
5.04 months ago
Really nice garden a bit far from the center of Nara (by train it's ok but by foot there is not much to see) 500Y
5.04 months ago
I love the large statue with about 1000 hands. Major hands have some items for saving us, so that I feel we will be protected in case of crysis.
And when I think of the life of Ganjin, who had come to Japan after 5 times of shipwrecks and getting blind because of them, I can not stop praying for him to sleep piecefully there. There is such atomosphere around his grave in Toshodaiji.
4.04 months ago
Toshodaiji Temple was founded in 759 by Ganji Wajo, a monk from China. Noted on my wonder-tips site.
5.05 months ago
Very well kept headquarters of the Ritsu-shu sect. Expect an entrance fee of roughly 1000円