Todai Ji

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  • 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

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Todai Ji

  • 88.89% of people who visit Nara include Todai Ji in their plan

  • 45.13% 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

61.51% 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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  • Worth coming out of your way to visit while in Japan. There are many temples in this country, but this is one of the most impressive I’ve seen. Worth visiting outside of busy periods as this is a tourist magnet. Also earlier and later in the day is better for photography. The grounds and buildings are very well maintained, with obvious historical and cultural heritage. Highly recommend it.

  • The temple is absolutely stunning. The statue inside is enormous and beautiful. Friendly and photogenic deer as well. The gift shop at the end also has very cheap but cute souvenirs! I bought a couple for friends back home. Would highly recommend a visit!

  • Great Buddhist temple with largest budas statue made of bronze. Place worth visiting because of its unique statues (wooden ones in pillars of front gate are astonishing) and overall architecture. Usually it's extremely crowded so getting there shortly before opening is recommended to avoid queues.

  • Massive wooden structure housing one giant sitting Buddha and two more smaller ones (one on each side). This is an amazing historical site and is worth the trip to Nara to see. The entrance way and gates alone are a tribute to the construction and craftsmanship of the Japanese at the time it was built. When walking through the gates, remember to look up.

  • Impressive building, inside and out. Gets busy but there's enough room for everyone. Lots of souvenir shops inside and around. Well worth a visit, especially if you couple with a visit through the deer park to get there.

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