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.
4.03 weeks ago
A beautiful and strikingly large temple. Inside you can find the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world (or at least so I was told).
This temple stood out to me compared to other temples because of its size and beauty. You don't necessarily have to go inside and pay an entrance fee, you can also see the temple from a distance at the courtyard before the entry. If you do decide to go inside, there are more opportunities for great pictures and the statue inside is also nice to see.
5.02 weeks ago
Simply amazing temple. Probably one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. The pictures don't do the size of the Buddha and the temple justice. A definite must-see!
5.0in the last week
Truly an amazing sight. Visiting the 200+ tonne great Buddha is an experience, especially when you come from the museum first. It's recommended to buy a ticket which includes entry to the Todai and the Museum, since this will give you historical context.
4.02 months ago
This shrine is totally amazing and historical. The employees are wonderful and keep everything well maintained. The entry fee is reasonable and worth the upkeep of the entire facility. The gift shops are also great and have many selections. The deer walking around is a treat also. Just be careful as they bite your clothes looking for biscuits.
3.02 months ago
It was great. Why 3 stars? The crowd was a little too much for me. I recommend coming in a little early to enjoy it. Otherwise of course, there will be a lot of tourist around. It beautiful!
Spot Reviews (2)
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.