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
Colossal Buddhas, so many of them too! I it's hard to comprehend how big this place actually is until you see it so you'd better not give it a miss.
A ticket is 600円 for adults (12+), 1000円 for the museum combo.
Kids are 400円 and 800円 respectively. Do not give this
5.02 weeks ago
A stunning temple loaded with history and displays of deity. I was already captured form the moment I stepped on the entrance gate seeing the two deities inside the netted wood standing majestically like columns of the temple. The inside was even amazing with displays of how the temple came to be and descriptions of Buddha statues and other deities. What's even more amazing is that it is all made of wood - like humongous woods as columns and other things. There were also wishing wooden things were you could write your wishes and hang them up inside the temple. There are also souvenir stalls selling key chains, ref magnets and prayer paper. The doors of the temple is also intricately yet simply designed.Todaiji temple is probably one of the best temples I have ever seen in my whole life. It is truly a must see whenever you're in Nara. Deers are also present. They love to snack on deer crackers. Their quite aggressive sometimes but not in a bad way. Guess they just love to snack on these crackers. They are free to roam around and just blend in with the people.
5.0a week ago
Impressive. Quite busy so recommend to go early in the morning. Fantastic wood carved sculptures. A must
5.0a month ago
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 month ago
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.
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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.