Todai Ji, Nara

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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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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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  • An excellent buddhist temple with excellent architecture and sculptures. Situated in Nara Park with beautiful grounds and lots of deer. They tend to be aggressive. Great place to visit in Nara for families. Expect a big crowd.

  • A must see in Nara. Stunningly beautiful, and much grander than any picture can do justice. Tour groups do fill the area quickly and I would recommend an early visit, or around midday when some school groups have left. Breathtaking and humbling to be in the presence of this remarkable feat of human craftsmanship. The building itself is worth a visit, but then you see the statue!

  • An extremely beautiful place to visit, although it can be very crowded during peak visiting times. There are wild deer in the lead up to the entrance and the areas are kept very clean. The Todai-ji itself is incredible to see in person and the grounds are kept very clean and tidy. Lots of great touristy gifts to buy at the gift shops. There are plaques in English that explain some of the extra displays inside the temple. I would highly recommend a visit here! (be careful of the deer though! They can get a bit nippy if you have food)

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  • Right next to Nara Park, so after passing all the deer, you pay for a ticket if you want to enter this temple. There's a big Buddha and lots of stuff/souvenirs to buy. Inside, there's also a hole in one of the columns that you can crawl through, and I think it's supposed to be good luck if you crawl through.

  • Like most of the museums or places of interest in Japan the entrance fee is cheap. The wooden shrine is very majestic and even though you might be fed up with Japanese shrines I can tell this one will make a difference. What will probably strike you is the giant Daibutsu and the statue of its guardians : in the partial darkness of the shrine their figures were remarkable and a little bit ominous. It is usually very crowded but it is definitely a must see. And even though almost no English information is provided I've seen - but not tried - a few free guides. And once you're finished you can take a walk in the park and enjoy the company of greedy but lovely deers :)

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