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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4.04 weeks ago
One of the beautiful temples in Japan. Unique by its kind due to fact of how it got build. All wood temple, hugely impressive. Waiting line during peak season like Cherry blossom are ridiculous. Still, waiting line was pretty fast. Several status inside the temple worth walking by.
5.0a week ago
Went there sometime around the first week of June and the place was crowded. Nonetheless, the temple was stunningly beautiful. I was amazed with the intricate details of its structure. A world-class heritage indeed!
5.0in the last week
A remarkable structure, impressive at a glance, and even more impressive once you realize that it and the giant buddha inside it are over a thousand years old. In addition to a tour of the building itself, I do recommend spending a few minutes wandering the grounds, which have grown over the years to create a serene surrounding for the temple proper.
4.02 months ago
The Todaiji is a must visit when you are in Nara.
The huge Buddha statue and the nice gardens brings a certain calmness and serenity
You can learn more about the history of this place! Apparently, the first construct is about 1/3 larger than the current one. There were two pagodas which were said to be 100m tall! A marvel then! Too bad they are not around now.
4.0in the last week
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.