Todai Ji, Nara

Todai Ji, Nara - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan

Phone: +81-742225511

Ticket Price: 500 JPY

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

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About Todai Ji, Nara

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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Todai Ji, Nara Reviews

  • This an Byodoin are my favourite temples in Japan. The size of this structure is immense. It's hard to appreciate its scale in photos. Once you begin to approach the temple, its massive scale will impress you greatly. Worth the price of entry. And the town of Nara is also pretty nice. Great place to spend a day or two.

  • A very majestic temple, you can easily spend a day there exploring the temple ground and seeing the statues or just sitting at one of the benches to soak up the atmosphere. There are a lot of souvenir shops along the way there and many deers all around. It was a good experience and definitely worth a visit if you are in the Nara area!

  • Majestic temple in Nara. One of the biggest temple seen during our Osaka Nara trip. Note the opening hours and go early as temple closes near 5pm. Best to cater a half day trip to view the shrines in Nara park and walking amongst the deers. Todaiji temple has many great Buddha and god statues.

  • A beautiful temple with a truly massive Buddha inside. We found a voluntary English speaking tour guide to tell us the story behind the temple, which makes a visit here that much better. But the best part of the temple, in my opinion, is the park it's situated in. Nara Park is a must visit and if you are here, Todai-ji is worth a visit too.

  • Impressive (not to many people here in January - but can imagine that it may feel busy during the high season)

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