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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5.07 months ago
The Buddha idol was so majestic and wonderful to look at. One of the famous Buddha temple in Japan. A must visit during autumn. The deer park just before entering the shrine makes it a good visit especially during autumn
5.08 months ago
What an incredible temple and park. You have to see this structure for yourself to realize just how huge it is. A truly remarkable landmark.
5.09 months ago
Just a great experience to walk inside the biggest wooden building of the world. The 15m Buddha statue is spectacular. So much history to see. Wonderful park as well!
5.07 months ago
In one day, you can see most the major sites of Nara, but make sure this is one of them. Unlike the national sites, you are allowed to take photos to help record your visit. The enormous temple and statues will be a unique experience to take in. Honestly, photos cannot do this justice.
5.0a year ago
The big Buddha of Nara. Amazing wooden building and great statues inside. If small enough, you can achieve enlightenment by ‚mock crawling’ into Buddha’s brain via his nostril (or more a hole of the size of the nostrils in one of the beams on the backside). Area is very clean and even if it is packed there will be moments of reflection. Don’t get scared by the deer, if you show them empty hands (open palms), they won’t bother you
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.