Toshodai Ji, Nara

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: 13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara-shi, Nara, Japan
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-742337900
  • Ticket Price: 600 JPY
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Educational Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Toshodai Ji, Nara

Toshodai ji temple was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor. He was invited to Japan in order to train the priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. The name of the temple was derived from the facts that Ganjin was from Toh, China and that it was founded as a place for Buddhist training under his guidance. Toshodai ji is regarded as the head temple of Japan’s Ritsu-shu denomination of Buddhist teachings. Within the temple premises are the Kondo (main hall), Miedo, Kodo (lecture hall) and Ganjin’s grave.

Toshodai Ji Ticket Prices

  • Adults: ¥600, High school children: ¥400
  • Primary School Children: ¥200
  • Treasure House Entrance fee: ¥200

How To reach Toshodai Ji by Public Transport

  • Nishinokyo Station
  • Toshodaiji-higashiguchi bus stop

Restaurants Near Toshodai Ji

  • Nodo cafe
  • Dainagon
  • Sobakiri yoshimura

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Things to Know Before Visiting Toshodai Ji

  • 87.74% of people who visit Nara include Toshodai Ji in their plan

  • 31.37% of people start their Toshodai Ji visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Toshodai Ji

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

94.89% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Toshodai Ji

People normally club together Osaka Castle and Yakushi Ji while planning their visit to Toshodai Ji.

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

Toshodai Ji, Nara Reviews

  • A quiet and lovely place filled with culture treasures. I don't speak Japanese so my understanding of the culture and historical aspects were limited. There is a really nice park in the back though.

  • One of the most amazing and historical places in Japan. You should go to the biggest building in the temple. You can see a thousand hands Buddha sculpture, which was sculpted more than a thousand years ago, that is national treasure of Japan.

  • Some of the oldest buildings dating from the Nara era. Authentic & nice atmosphere.

  • Simple but beautiful Temple

  • This temple is interesting for the way it has been laid out and the buildings arranged. There are a number of structures which make up the whole complex and they are designed in a way that shows an openness in thinking of the people of the time. There are also large gardens within the temple complex which help to create a feeling of serenity. The Golden Hall is the most important building in Toshodai-ji Temple and is considered to be a national treasure of Japan.

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