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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We have spent time at this Temple on two trips we were privileged to make to Nara, Japan. The building is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world and worth paying attention to. The building houses the Great Buddha which is estimated to weight 500 metric tons. The hand of the Buddha can hold six people. Really... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

After making your way through the deer in Nara Park, this is the main attraction in the area. It is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The seated Buddha is 15 meters tall. Another popular attraction is a pillar... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

東大寺 is the place that you really have to visit if you go to Nara, Japan. The temple is so large and you don't really believe it made by woods. I felt that I am so small while standing in front of the temple. 到了奈良一定要到東大寺 寺廟是一個超大的木造建築 站在他的面前覺得自己好渺小 You felt peacefully while you stay in there. Remember to light the incense... More

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Calgary, Canada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
34 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I wasn't very taken with Nara park as such, but this temple itself is really amazing. The deity sculptures inside are spectacular and the atmosphere spiritual, even with so many people coming in. Glad I went, but not sure that I would recommend anything else in the park. The deer are everywhere, and so are the byproducts of their existence.... More

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Abilene, Texas
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

On the walk to the temple you’ll encounter hundreds of deer. They’ll come right up to you looking for handouts. You can buy deer food through the area. The temple is gigantic with a corresponding gigantic bronze Buddha. Be sure and watch the folks trying to squirm through the pillar with a hole in its base in the temple. Reportedly,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Its an easy train ride from Kobe to Nara and certainly worth the effort. The temple is a short walk from the station, just follow the crowds. A little 'touristy' with all the stalls selling tat, but you cannot but be impressed with the temple and grounds and don't forget to walk up to the botanical gardens. Be warned, the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Great site from the moment that you walk in. Only down side is that selling souvineers inside the temple seems to cheapen the holy feeling

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Seremban, Malaysia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

One of the biggest and most beautiful Buddha Statue that I have ever seen, it's truly amazing how those days people can build such a majestic item. Besides that, there are also few more gods and goddess statue in the temple. Walking outside is the Nara Park, whereby wild deers room freely, but they are quite nice to humans... a... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I traveled with a group of friends to Japan but took a day trip from Kyoto to Nara by myself. The train ride was easy and quick and Nara is very easy to navigate. I walked directly to Todaiji Temple from the train station. It was very easy to find and I was greeted by many many deer along the... More

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Feed the deer in the park on the way - not that you'll have a choice as they'll be nipping your clothes and pockets anyway! Enter from the main road through the gate and let the enormity of this 100% timber structure sink in. Y500 or Y800 for a combi ticket and you're in: cloistered walk, temple view, say a... More

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