Todaiji Temple

Sightseeing information about Todaiji Temple in Japan.


World Heritage: Todaiji Temple4.8

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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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4.0a month ago

This shrine is totally amazing and historical. The employees are wonderful and keep everything well maintained. The entry fee is reasonable and worth the upkeep of the entire facility. The gift shops are also great and have many selections. The deer walking around is a treat also. Just be careful as they bite your clothes looking for biscuits.

3.0a month ago

It was great. Why 3 stars? The crowd was a little too much for me. I recommend coming in a little early to enjoy it. Otherwise of course, there will be a lot of tourist around. It beautiful!

5.04 weeks ago

This is always one of my favorite temples to visit. There is a large buddha in the temple as well as other impressive historical figures to see. There was also a model display of the area that was pretty cool. But my favorite part of the place is the crawl tunnel in one of the pillars. If you successfully make it through, you are supposed to be blessed with health and happiness. Every time i visit, i have made it through, though this time was the hardest as i have gotten older and possibly slightly larger.

5.0a week ago

I would be lying if I said the temple is small because it isn’t! It is literally one of the biggest temples I’ve ever seen in my life! Not only is it structurally well maintained, the whole place is orderly as well! You have to pay a admission fee thou but that is all good! Beautiful place!

5.03 weeks ago

Beautiful historic shrine surrounded by natural surrounds and wild deer. Usually opens 9am -5:30pm but be careful of the wild deer, they can be unpredictable and frenzied when feeding.

Temple itself is beautiful and does require admission fee to enter so reserve some money.

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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.

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Everything is big. You will find a long history and how people in those days believe in the big Buddha . Deer are pretty too.

Everything is big. You will find a long history and how people in those days believe in the big Buddha . Deer are pretty too.

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