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Todai-ji Temple

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406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Impressive temple and statues especially as they are made of wood. Lots of Japanese history to pick up here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank IdrisA788
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It takes you an auspicious time for Calm and Serene in mind to visit this holy place. You will enjoy the Deers that push their heads against you for crackers or pieces of bread. Be careful of them to take the paper tissues or plastic...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 221audiet
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The structure is massive and quite an architectural achievement during its time. The Buddha is monstrous in size. Nice walk through the Nara park with all the deer walking around looking for food from the visitors.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank evaldez2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

was the visit to Nara, and in particular, Toda-ji Temple. Its beautiful. The Buddha Statue, the other statues in the hall, etc - amazing! it was also fun watching people wriggling their way through Buddha's Nostril!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 22Senior_travels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited during the off-season, but it was still very very crowded. Walking through the temple you are shoulder to shoulder and back to front with people. The building itself looked a little rundown, but maybe it's kept this way for a reason. Seeing the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank noncorteccia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Todaiji Temple is a must for visitors to Nara. The structure is an architectural wonder of the Tang Dynasty building style that can scarcely be found in full integrity even in China, and in such excellent condition. One is easily awe struck by its dignity...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Emperor Shomu wanted to build the biggest Buddha in the world and so 1/3 of the population at the time were "employed" to obey his wishes. It took 9 years in total. It has been destroyed by fire on several occasions and in the process...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank foxylady23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about this site is huge. The imposing Nandaimon as you approach is very imposing and is guarded by two Nio guardian kings, giant scary characters who themselves are designated ‘national treasures’ however this is just a warm up for the monumental Dalbutsuden reconstructed in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the north side of Nara park this temple is a must to see. When you follow a trail clockwise through the park it is one of the first big structures you will see. Inside there is a huge Buddha statue and the construction...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DickZe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple buildings are set in a widespread park full of a peaceful mix of tourists and small deers. It's a pity the great wooden masterpieces inside the main tori had to be kept behind an iron web, in the dark, because they are as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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June 22, 2017|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
The walk is not difficult but straight forward, it takes about 20 to 30 minutes with few photo stops on the way. If you want to take the public bus, there are bus stops in front of the train station and junction of road that... More
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May 19, 2017|
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Anx H
Savannah, Georgia
10 days in Osaka, need some help with Itinerary (7 Replies)
Hello Everyone, I'll be soloing travel on this one here and will bring my walking shoes with me, so I'm trying to see as much as I can. Can someone take a look at my itinerary and let me know if it possible to do it all on the date that I schedule? Also, because I plan to visit a lot of place and do a day trips to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe it there a special rail pass I should buy? or just pay as I go? Day 1- Monday- Osaka- Arrive in the afternoon. I will be base in Namba. 1. Night Market...More
August 03, 2016|
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Forgot to mention, if there are attractions that you think I really need to visit that it not are on my list or attractions that are on my list, but are not worth visiting then please let me know. Thanks