A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple has served as a central Buddhist temple complex known for its administrative control over provincial temples. Today, it remains a pilgrimage and ritual site for international Buddhism. The main hall, a massive wooden building, contains a 15 m (49.2 ft) bronze statue of the Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas. Check out the onsite museum, which features rotating displays of the temple's collection of religious art and cultural artifacts. Try not to scare the deer roaming the temple grounds, as Shintoism considers them godly messengers. Planning Nara trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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Todai-ji Temple reviews
Todai-ji is one of the most imressive temples in Japan. The grounds around the temple are also well worth visiting. You'll find extensive gardens, museums as well as treasure halls. more »
Amazing Place, especially the Great Buddha. I got to see Todaiji at night, but it's surely spectacular during daytime as well! I hope you have a great stay. more »
Admission to both attractions costs 1200 yen per person. As soon as you go through the admission you will have a post with volunteer guides, if you have one available, request it. It will make the tour much more incredible. Our guide told us about the origin of Buddhism in Japan, about the construction of the temple, about the stones on the floor, about the Buddha, about the ornaments, about the fires, about the fish sauce on the roof and about the hole that exists in one of the temple beams, (according to legend, the hole is the size of the Buddha's nostril and whoever gets through it will be more intelligent). I thank our guide for the precious information.
The Buddha idol was so majestic and wonderful to look at. One of the famous Buddha temple in Japan. A must visit during autumn. The deer park just before entering the shrine makes it a good visit especially during autumn
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