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Todaiji Temple

Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
+81 742-22-5511
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Ranked #1 of 72 attractions in Nara
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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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have been here twice now, two years apart. The first time it was a very quiet afternoon and i had the whole place to almost myself, the second time the place was full of school kids, who are always interested to talk to foreigners. Both times i have loved coming here, no matter if it is busy or quiet... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting place with a nice environment.. Where you can see majestic Buddha statue and feed the deer at the same place..

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Onna-son, Japan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The biggest wooden structure in the world truly amazing. Very worth to visit this almost 1300 years old world heritage site. Lots of Deers are strolling around freely which are used to be feed which sometimes makes them a little bit aggressive but by no means danger. Bring your own food so you can be independent of all the food... More

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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The temple is absolutely breathtaking in beauty and most definitely worth taking the time to check out. The deer are a bit aggressive if you buy the crackers from one of the vendors to feed them with.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We got to Todaiji about 5pm near closing. It was a good time because it was cooler and there was hardly any people in the park. After checking out the temple and the Buddha, we kept walking toward the hilly area toward the right to Nigatsu-do hall. The area was like a forest--cool and dark with small shrines along the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great place to visit when u guys travel to kansai. Love nara town, people are friendly and the ambience very nice. The main attraction is todaji temple where lies the great buddha statue. After there, travellers can take a short walk around the temple into the woods.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This temple complex is massive and hidden behind an impressive gate. We walked here from the Kintetsu Nara station (1/2 hour walk). The temple sits at end of wide open area with long buildings attached at both ends in a U-shape.The bronze great Buddha sits inside the 50 meter high structure. This re-built temple is actually 2/3 the size of... More

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Holt, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have never seen anything like this and it's definitely worth the Y500 (~$5 USD) entrance fee. Take some time to walk around the buddha (~50 feet tall) and just imagine the people power it took to make it and its building - and to do this more than once!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

As if having the second largest Buddha wasn't enough. Very impressive. Crawl through the pillar in the back corner for a life of luck and happiness.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The biggest wooden structure in the world is a must-see if you're in Nara. A 20-25 min walk from the JR-station in the northern part of the park. The current building is around 500 years old and has a really musky smell. The main hall is beautiful and the seated Buddha inside is a massive 15 meter high bronze statue... More

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