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Todaiji Temple

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Address: Nara, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-5511
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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

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I loved the whole Nara experience and the temple was amazing. The size of those statues is breathtaking. Definitive recommendation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I loved the whole Nara experience and the temple was amazing. The size of those statues is breathtaking. Definitive recommendation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This was really worth seeing. Buy a ticket to go inside and be amazed of what you see. Great history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Todaiji Temple is one main favorite place to see in Nara, Japan. Todaiji temple is a budha temple, with a very big budha statue, is located at Nara Park, so after sight seeing this park we can go to this temple. Ticket fee to entering this temple is 5,000 JPY or about 5$ per person without time limit, but re-entry... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I loved Nara -- I paid a day visit there from Osaka; took a rapid train from JR Osaka and it took about 50 minutes. The staff at the tourist center is very helpful. I walked from the JR Nara station up to Todaiji. The day I visited there was a steady downpour all day but that did not detract... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A huge and wonderful temple with so much to see. I think this was my favourite of many amazing temples in Japan partly becuase of its size and the gigantic Buddha and bodisattvas in the temple. It is also surrounded by the deer of Nara park once you step outside the grounds. You can go up to the top of... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Really impressive bronze Buda. When you see the size of the hands or the hole that has the same size than the nostrils (if you are a model, maybe you can try to pass through the hole, if not just for kids) The other figures are also very detailed and worth to check for some minutes

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Sierra Madre, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Todaiji, surrounding areas and even Nara in general are wonderful to experience on a day trip to Japan. Just a short trip away from Osaka(~35 minutes). Visiting the temple will set you back about 400 Yen a person but that is hardly anything for a historic landmark. Plan to at least spend 20-30 minutes visiting the temple. All of Nara... More 

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Since there are so many reviews of the temple, I just want to touch on a few things that were special during our 2014 sakura visit in hopes of saying something new and helpful. We were surprised the entrance fee is only ¥500; we’d remembered it being much more from our two previous visits. Arrive as early as you can,... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Every thing is SO BIG!! The Buddhism statues and building was so huge. I stunned! However, when I went to the Nigatsu-do, February Temple, I felt calm, quiet and holy. Accidentaly, I met the seen which a monk prayed sacredly. I recommend to visit every temples which are placed with distance, but there is worth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Located in Nara park around dozens of other temples, shrines and attractions, the Todaiji Temple houses the Giant Buddha statue. It is absolutely massive and definitely worth the 500 yen entree fee for the temple compound.

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