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
We guide this spot.
4.0in the last week
Toshodaiji Temple was founded in 759 by Ganji Wajo, a monk from China. Noted on my wonder-tips site.
5.0a month ago
Very well kept headquarters of the Ritsu-shu sect. Expect an entrance fee of roughly 1000円
3.04 months ago
Interesting, but very far from the station. Don't try to go on foot.
5.07 months ago
Great temple complex, not so touristic. Beautiful lotus flowers during the summer. Amazing gardens.
5.0a year 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.