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
We guide this spot.
5.0in the last week
A thoroughly impressive place. The temple is massive and looks wicked. It really looks like it comes from a different time. Top three temples in Japan for sure. Add to this the countless deer in the nearby park, ant the whole place is a treat!
There is also an accompanying museum just outside the temple yard, but it's not worth the entrance fee. You are better off spending more time enjoying the actual temple!
5.0a week ago
Yes, it's crowded with tourists and no one likes that but there's a reason for it - the temple is absolutely impressive, with every step you take towards it it seems to grow, and the statue together with the rest inside are a sight you won't see too often. A must I'd say if you're in Japan. Easily doable as a day-trip from both Osaka and Kyoto.
5.0a week ago
Big Buddha hall, you have to visit if you visit Nara. Beautiful structure and they also have some interesting hole in base of one of the woods which they believe if you pass through it , your wishes come true (if I am not wrong ) . Entrance fee is 600 per person. We also bought a great wooden bracelet.
5.0a month ago
Have been traveling in Japan and seen many of its beautiful historic religious sites but I have to say there are so many that look quite similar. But this one really stands out. It's sheer size and beautiful statues inside or well worth the park fee and ticket to get in. If you're traveling in Japan and in the area I highly recommend stopping at this beautiful temple.
5.02 weeks ago
I was impressed not just by the size of the Buddha statue but the temple itself. Well worth coming to Nara for, in addition to seeing the deer. Reasonable entrance fee. I also got a custom engraved token at the back of the temple which was a nice souvenir to have. I ended up putting my name and date of the visit. I got the extra option of buying a keychain to hold the token, which came with a nice simple transparent case to hold everything altogether.
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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.