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
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5.0in the last week

Not sure I can adequately put into words how this place made me feel. I've always felt a deep love and appreciation for Buddhism, and this place only cemented those feelings. If you are in Nara, you absolutely need to visit this Temple, and see some of the largest Buddhas in the world. I felt calm, serene, and at home while I was here. Visit, you will not regret it.

5.0in the last week

Beautiful world heritage site. The size and scale of the temple is astounding in-person. Well worth visiting after being hounded by packs of deer along the way :)

5.0a week ago

A truly awe inspiring experience. Of all the MANY temples in this city (and Kyoto and Kobe) this was the favorite. The massive gate alone is incredible but inside this temple it’s crazy. ENORMOUS Buddha that will take your breath away. Very worth the trip to Nara alone.

5.03 weeks ago

An amazing place that will take your breath away! It houses the largest bronze Buddha statue anywhere in the world and it's one of the world's largest wooden buildings. The architecture is amazing.

5.03 weeks ago

Beautiful. Experience of a life time. The deer are so sweet and the scenery is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Statues bigger than I've ever scene. Highly recommend!

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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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