World Heritage: Todaiji Temple4.8
Todaiji Temple, which houses Japan's largest bronze statue of Buddha, was erected in the 8th century during the Nara Period (710-794). In the massive wooden hall, the 15m-tall Great Buddha is seated with his right hand lightly raised in the gesture of preaching, and flanked by other deities.
There is a wooden column with a hole (allegedly the same size as the Great Buddha's nostril), and if you can wiggle your body through it, you will have good luck.
The temple is reached though Nara Park where you see an amazing number of roaming deer and the Nandaimon Gate, a huge wooded structure with intricate carving.
PurposeFestivals,elderly,world heritage,family,first time in Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38.3km) Google Transit
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4.0in the last week
One of the beautiful temples in Japan. Unique by its kind due to fact of how it got build. All wood temple, hugely impressive. Waiting line during peak season like Cherry blossom are ridiculous. Still, waiting line was pretty fast. Several status inside the temple worth walking by.
4.0a month ago
The Todaiji is a must visit when you are in Nara.
The huge Buddha statue and the nice gardens brings a certain calmness and serenity
You can learn more about the history of this place! Apparently, the first construct is about 1/3 larger than the current one. There were two pagodas which were said to be 100m tall! A marvel then! Too bad they are not around now.
5.02 months ago
Small entry fee was definately worth it. Was amazingly beautiful and was surprisingly not too crowded considering when I went there was an entire school there. Lots of unique souvenirs offered inside also people tend to move from the best photo vantage points pretty quickly so it is easy to get photos. Was wheelchair accessible and kid friendly.
5.03 months ago
You do have to pay to get in because it’s a temple and not a shrine but this one seems worth it. The Buddha statues are impressive. There is an option to go up top if you contact the temple in advance. The models of the temple, including two pagodas that are no longer there, are very cool. This is the largest Buddha statue in Japan I believe. There are also shop selling Buddha gear like shirts, hats, bags, etc. in case you did not here yet, it will be very busy, so please be respectful and mindful of others so everyone can enjoy. If you want a picture, wait for your turn.
5.02 months ago
One of the highlights of both my trips to Japan. The sheer scale and beauty of this place is mind blowing. And yet in spite of its grandeur, the place radiates serenity and peace. Amazing to think it was constructed in the 8th century. Not to be missed under any circumstances.
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Todaiji is the temple complex composed of many Buddhist buildings such as Great Buddha Hall, Hokke-do, Nigatu-do and etc. Inside the Great Budha Hall, there is a miniature model of original Todaiji Temple at the scale of one to 50. B...
Todaiji is the temple complex composed of many Buddhist buildings such as Great Buddha Hall, Hokke-do, Nigatu-do and etc.
Inside the Great Budha Hall, there is a miniature model of original Todaiji Temple at the scale of one to 50. By the way, the staue of Great Buddha sit in the open air for nearly 120 years as the original hall was destroyed by wartime fire in 16th century.