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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5.0in the last week

If you are into temples and Buddhism this is the place to visit!

The fee is fairly reasonable given the amount of time you could spend inside. The structures are massive and overall impressive.

The artifacts have good well written descriptions.

The temple interior is very well preserved!

The gift shop is also full of little things at fair prices!

5.0a week ago

This is UNESCO world Heritage site. Very old temple and the entry fee I paid around 400 yen. It is a good to visit.

5.0in the last week

Stunning architecture. Very good if you're looking to take in Culture while you're in Japan. Plenty of deer can be seen around the temple.

5.0a week ago

Truly spectacular place. Well kept and of religious and historical importance. Deers everywhere and they bow when you bow to them. Even the street food was well worth it. My favorite day in Osaka.

5.02 months ago

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.

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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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