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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5.02 weeks 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.

5.02 weeks 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!

5.0a month ago

Truly a difficult to describe experience. The pictures cannot do the scale of this building justice. The Goodwill Ambassador docent did a good job explaining the different iterations of both the temple and the Buddha statue. If you have some time to spend here it may be worthwhile to ask how to get permission to walk the main platform. There were signs stating you needed previous authorization.

5.0a week ago

Awe Inspiring ancient temple with a massive bronze Buddha. Many tourists but well worth a visit. Try the point and click audio guide to learn about interesting, historical details.

4.0a week ago

Stunning wooden temple lots to do and see explore the hillside on the left as you come out of the main temple. Cherry Blossoms add to the beauty. Nice anytime of year I would think.

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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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