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
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4.0in the last week

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.

5.0in the last week

The largest wooden building in the world with the second largest Buddha. Beautiful surroundings with friendly deer that you can pet. Great little souvenir shops and food stands nearby. Definitely a must see if in the Osaka/Kyoto area.

5.0a month ago

What an amazing place. So beautiful and peaceful. The energy here and all around is so pleasant. The surrounding areas and grounds are just wonderful to walk amongst. The temple and the Buddha I really can't put into proper words. I was in awe, I guess. Such a feeling of harmony. The people working here were so nice and helpful. Thank you! I recommend a visit if you can. So glad I got to visit this amazing spot.

5.0a week ago

Wow, this temple is beautiful and majestic. The temple consists of the largest wooden building with the largest indoor bronze Buddha. There is also a very interesting history behind the construction. Don't get stuck in the nose hole in the pillar!

5.0a month ago

This is one of the most inspiring sites I have ever seen on the planet in terms of being human made! The size of this temple cannot be shown by a photograph, but perhaps by video? And then there is the gigantic statue of Buddha inside, and the two statues of feminine deities or goddesses or such! And there are other statues. And there are so many beautiful shrines in this temple grounds!

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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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