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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5.0a week 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.

5.0in the last week

Beautiful temple to visit. Great for photos and some really lovely sculptures to see. The big Buddha was astounding. It closes at 5, so you have to be quick!

5.0a week ago

This temple is absolutely massive. It really stood out on our trip of many temples and shrines due to the size. The Buddha inside is also insanely large, and it's fun to watch people make the pass through the pillar. Even if you're tired of temples, this one is definitely worth a visit.

4.0a week ago

Very impressive Temple with a beautiful park around it. Also the interior and the statues are worth a visit! Take your time, sit down and let the atmosphere of the place sink in. It is overwhelming.

5.03 weeks ago

Omg!!! This place is amazing. You must come here!
The bronze status so big and definitely worth vising Nara to see it, especially since it only takes about 1hr from Osaka.
If you have a JR Pass it's even easier! The walk through the town is lovely.

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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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