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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5.0a month ago
Enormous, giant, magnificent, magical - these are the words which best sums up the descriptions of these wooden buildings, gate and the temple, that belong to the top largest wooden structures in the world. Actually the temple was burned down 2x and it measures 2/3 of it's original size. It's an exciting feeling when you stand in front of it and know that this majestic temple, was even bigger in the past. The inside is just as impressive as the outside, maybe even more - huge statue of a Buddha (also 2/3 of it's original size) with 2 smaller at each side, along with the 4 guarding warrior statues and the miniatures of the temple throughout history. This amazing place is located inside Nara park, where hundreds of deer are roaming freely.
3.02 months ago
A remarkable piece of history - although not the original; but you do discover most of the ancient relics in Japan are replicas. I did still feel humbled when we went inside.
The biggest Buddha I ever did see greeted us within his shrine.
I was expecting the temple to be larger - there may be more to see in the museum and gallery part.
5.02 months ago
It was really impressive to see the great Buddha. But also here too, come early to avoid the crowds. What I really love is the details and that everything is so clean. And the deers that live there they are so cute. But keep attention and only give them the crackers they sell there.
5.0a month ago
This place is incredible and so is the huge Buddha! Cool place to wander around and enjoy the company of deer. Would definitely recommend walking further in for a peaceful look out spot
5.04 months 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.
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.