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 month ago

The Great Buddha Hall in Nara is incredible, and serves as the perfect capstone to a day meandering the trails and befriending the deer. If you are travelling with a child, they can pass through a hole in one of the wooden pillars - said to be the same size as the nostril of the giant Buddha statue, you are granted good luck if you can squeeze (sneeze?) through.

Even if you have no particular affinity for Buddhism or history, the sheer scale of the building is certain to impress.

5.02 months ago

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

Very serene place to visit. Very large wooden structure to house the Lord Buddha. I'm glad that I have visited this Buddhist temple. Will cherish the moments spent there .
Will certainly try to visit Nara again....perhaps in spring

5.02 months 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 month ago

The biggest Buddhism temple in the town of Nara Recommended to visit there in Autumn time to be amazed with beautiful red-leaves maple trees. Giving treats to the deers is also a pleasure and interesting activity to do. Though one needs to be careful, especially in mating season, because the sacred animal can be very aggressive.

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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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