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Todaiji Temple

Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
+81 742-22-5511
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Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: The Todaiji ["eastern great temple"] of Nara is a large Buddhist complex that contains a number of historic structures.  There are various temples... more »
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Tōdai-ji (東大寺?, Eastern Great Temple),[1] is a Buddhist temple complex, that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden?), houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana,[2] known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu (大仏?). The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Huge temple with a huge buddha inside. The history is quite interesting and it's extremely well preserved. The deer running around the temple is fun too. The temples in Kyoto tend to get most of the attention but this temple is quite worth the trip. Nara is a must-see at least as a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka in... More

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Guimaraes, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

An impressive temple with an impressive location. The gardens, despite the many deer are clean and beautiful. Learn the history of the construction of the statue of Buddha and the temple and the importance it had in Japan at the time, was excellent. The deer add a fantastic and colorful to the place and demonstrate the proximity to the environment... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It is what it is, a temple. So if looking at old statues of Buddha or ancient architecture aren't your cup of tea, save yourself some money and just hang out in Nara Park with the deers instead.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a must visit place in Japan. A gigantic Buddha statue in the middle of the most beautiful Japanese town.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This temple was the most impressive one I saw in Japan, it is located in the ancient capital Nara. I was lucky to go there during the cherry blossom period. The temple is adjacent to a huge old cherry tree forest. There is a huge Buddha statue inside, well preserved , really amazing .. Lots of deers in the streets... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

I live close to Nara Park and visit TODAIJI TEMPLE about 20times a year . Great structure with amazing history .

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It is the must seen of Nara and you will realize why soon enough. It it impressive, unfortunately crowded but impossible to miss.

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Nairn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Todai-ji is the largest wooden building in the world, so let's think about the giant Buddha inside it and about the historical context in which it was built: the result is breathtaking. This is a must-see for those who are in Osaka.

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Todaiji Temple is impressive enough to warrant a stop. It's easy to access via train from Osaka or Kyoto. The temple and the deer walking around that you can buy treats for made the afternoon trip totally worth it.

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