Todai Ji

Currently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
  • Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
  • Timings: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-742225511
  • Ticket Price: 500 JPY
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Educational Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Nature

Todai Ji - Review

The Todai ji is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. It is a landmark in Nara. The temple was constructed in the year 752 as the chief temple in the Kokubun-ji system (head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan). Having a rough history, the temple was burnt down and faced earthquakes a lot many times. The present construction that one sees was built in the late 1600s. The main building of the temple complex, called the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the world's largest wooden building. It houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Lord Buddha. Several smaller Buddhist statues and models of the former and current buildings are also on display in the Daibutsuden Hall. A popular attraction within the temple complex is the Nandaimon Gate, a large wooden gate watched over by two fierce looking statues. The gate, along with the statues is a designated national treasure. With the temple premises is the Todaiji Museum, which houses rotating exhibitions from the temple's large collection of religious art and cultural treasures.

Todai Ji Information

  • There is a pillar in the temple complex with a hole in its base that is the same size as the Buddha statue’s nostril. It is believed that those who can squeeze through this opening will be granted enlightenment in their next life.
  • Do check out beautiful views of the city from the balcony of the Nigatsudo Hall.

How To reach Todai Ji by Public Transport

  • Todaiji Daibutsuden bus stop
  • Kintetsu Nara Station

Restaurants Near Todai Ji

  • Tatsumi Do
  • Rokumeien
  • Saro hakaze Tai yume

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TripHobo Highlights for Todai Ji

  • Todai Ji Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
  • Todai Ji Contact Number: +81-742225511
  • Todai Ji Timing: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm
  • Todai Ji Price: 500 JPY
  • Best time to visit Todai Ji(preferred time): 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Todai Ji: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Todai Ji

  • 95% of people who visit Nara include Todai Ji in their plan

  • 44.74% of people start their Todai Ji visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Todai Ji

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

60.91% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Todai Ji

People normally club together Fushimi Inari-taisha and Nara Park while planning their visit to Todai Ji.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • Small entry fee was definately worth it. Was amazingly beautiful and was surprisingly not too crowded considering when I went there was an entire school there. Lots of unique souvenirs offered inside also people tend to move from the best photo vantage points pretty quickly so it is easy to get photos. Was wheelchair accessible and kid friendly.

  • You do have to pay to get in because it’s a temple and not a shrine but this one seems worth it. The Buddha statues are impressive. There is an option to go up top if you contact the temple in advance. The models of the temple, including two pagodas that are no longer there, are very cool. This is the largest Buddha statue in Japan I believe. There are also shop selling Buddha gear like shirts, hats, bags, etc. in case you did not here yet, it will be very busy, so please be respectful and mindful of others so everyone can enjoy. If you want a picture, wait for your turn.

  • One of the highlights of both my trips to Japan. The sheer scale and beauty of this place is mind blowing. And yet in spite of its grandeur, the place radiates serenity and peace. Amazing to think it was constructed in the 8th century. Not to be missed under any circumstances.

  • Definitely worth the enterance fee. It was one of the few temples we visited that let you take pictures on the inside. The details of the temple we're incredible to see up close. This place is truly massive and we easily spent an hour exploring and admiring the temple.

  • Absolutely incredible. Pictures do not do it justice. Go see it! The size of the gates when walking towards the temple are massive, and it sets the stage for how big tōdai-ji really is. Entrance fee is 600yen and 100000% worth it. After paying your entrance fee you walk out of the little enclave and see the temple in full. It's size is breathtaking. Inside are more statues, and you can walk around and take pictures.

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