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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5.0in the last week
As one of the biggest wooden buildings in the world, Todaiji's main building is certainly an impressive sight.
Expect it to be relatively busy, but not so much as to ruin your visit. Make sure to try and fit through the hole in one the pillars around the back, although if you're an adult male/on the big side, you'll have no hope.
Set in pleasant grounds with deer roaming throughout. Lots of secondary temples dotted around too that are far less visited.
4.0a month ago
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.
5.0in the last week
A beautiful temple. The statues are magnificent. The deer are a pest but where else can you have deer come up to you and eat from your hand. One thing that often is missed are the traditional Japanese cakes in the Cafe, don’t miss them
5.0a month ago
Went there sometime around the first week of June and the place was crowded. Nonetheless, the temple was stunningly beautiful. I was amazed with the intricate details of its structure. A world-class heritage indeed!
5.04 weeks ago
A remarkable structure, impressive at a glance, and even more impressive once you realize that it and the giant buddha inside it are over a thousand years old. In addition to a tour of the building itself, I do recommend spending a few minutes wandering the grounds, which have grown over the years to create a serene surrounding for the temple proper.
Spot Reviews (2)
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.