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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5.03 months ago
The big Buddha of Nara. Amazing wooden building and great statues inside. If small enough, you can achieve enlightenment by ‚mock crawling’ into Buddha’s brain via his nostril (or more a hole of the size of the nostrils in one of the beams on the backside). Area is very clean and even if it is packed there will be moments of reflection. Don’t get scared by the deer, if you show them empty hands (open palms), they won’t bother you
5.0a month ago
One of the most impressive temples in Japan. Its size is so immense and the statues inside the building is inspiring. There are a number of artifacts to the side and behind the main statue. A must-visit for sure.
5.04 months 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.
3.05 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.
5.0a month ago
Very interesting place to visit. Very impressive wood building yet well conserved.
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.