Todai-ji Temple
Todai-ji Temple
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  • Jga65_2017
    Boston, Massachusetts9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Todai-ji - Wow
    When you walk through Nara deep park and have to pull yourself and the kids away from all the deer, you don't think that much could keep your attention. Todai-ji Temple is stunning. The whole time in Japan, 12 days, we found ourselves saying "Wow this is the most amazing thing we've seen" every day and this was no exception. We loved this temple and were in awe of the size and details within.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Jeffrey A
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable experience.
    Of all the Temples we have visited so far during our trip to Japan this was the most impressive one. The grounds and the buildings are beautifully maintained. What makes this one of the most amazing locations in any country is the massive Bhuddah statue inside. Pictures do not do justice to the size of the statue. There are many other things to see when you are inside and I highly recommend including this temple on your trip to Nara.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2023
  • BLT1991
    Toano, Virginia798 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enormous
    In terms of grand temples, this tops them all. Kohfuku-ji and Kasuga Taisha Shrine make Nara well worth a trip from Osaka or Kyoto. Kohfuku-ji and it’s Budda are on a scale of its own. The many vendors that surround the grounds make the experience all very festive.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Rainne_T
    Singapore, Singapore545 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    100% worth your time!
    Definitely worth a visit! We spent quite some time looking at all the displays and learnt quite a lot about Buddhism. However we missed visiting some halls in the temple grounds, so I'll definitely be visiting again the next time I'm in Nara.
    Visited February 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
  • BestRegards FromFar
    Cape Town Central, South Africa430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early
    The largest gilded Buddha in the world is definitely worth a trip to Nara. As many people visit for the day from a Kyoto, spending a night in Nara is a nice way to take it in early in the morning to have fewer crowds. Strolling from here towards town is a great way to enjoy a bit more of Japan’s first capital.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • JenVen
    Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The deer was reaaly friendly
    This temple is beautiful. As we walked towards it, we met many friendly deer who are famous in Nara. They come up to visitors hoping to be fed and can be convinced with biscuits.To enter the temple, there is a small fee, and a bit more if you want to see the museum. The grounds are peaceful and well-maintained, and the main temple has large Buddha sculptures that are breathtaking. I highly recommend stopping by this temple if you're visiting Nara.
    Visited February 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Andersonfw
    Charleston, South Carolina130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip!
    What an amazing place. I thought I was templed out, but this place was worth the hour long trip from Kyoto. May 16 year old daughter loved the huge Buddha and temple building. It’s too big for words.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Leo
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You would be happy to meet many friendly deer.
    Looking at historical buildings truly brings me a sense of relaxation and allows me to appreciate the harmonious blend of architecture and nature. It's a wonderful experience to witness the grandeur of these structures. Moreover, encountering friendly deer adds to the joy of the visit. I highly recommend visiting Todai-ji Temple.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,644 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome temple
    Even if you think you can't see another temple, go visit this one. It's in one of the largest wooden structures in the world, and the Buddha is massive! You can easily walk from the train station, as it is down the street from the park, and the signs to get there are very good. There are other smaller temples and shrines nearby. You have to buy a ticket for the Buddha hall, and you can buy it at the small ticket booth next to the museum so you don't have to stand in line once at the hall. There is a hole in the back of the Buddha that is the size of the Buddha's nostril, and if you can fit through the hole, you will achieve enlightenment. Obviously, kids were the only ones going through, but it was so much fun to watch! There is a very large souvenir area as you are exiting the temple.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • jjluke
    Calgary, Canada1,420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A massive temple amidst a plethora of deer!
    This excursion is a bit of a double whammy. For one, you get to experience the local Nara deer which can be fun and somewhat irritating as well (if they harass you, and watch out for droppings). Local vendors sell cookies which the deer absolutely love and will chase you down for. We didn't have to bother buying any - we just floated around the people who bought some that were ambushed. Some amazing photos if you have a high quality camera. The second awesome part is the temple itself which contains a massive 50 ft Buddha. Admission is very reasonable for the site and the enormity of the temple as well as how long ago it was built is a marvel to be admired. The grounds are also well kept. Highly recommend this trip as the two contrasting experiences juxtaposed offer a very unique and fun value proposition at minimal cost. Just be sure to keep food and water out of sight as the deer have come to expect a certain quality of life, hence the large number of them.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
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Vince Mak
San Francisco, CA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My brothers and I came here during New Year's Eve and the entirely of the temple grounds was just packed full of people which is common during this time of the year. It's a great place to go to before or after you've had your fill of feeding the local deer that roam around outside in the park. The Buddha statue itself is always impressive to see just from the sheer size of the thing. Be sure to pick up souvenirs for either yourself, friends, and/or family on the way out at the shops.
Written February 6, 2020
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jjluke
Calgary, Canada1,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This excursion is a bit of a double whammy. For one, you get to experience the local Nara deer which can be fun and somewhat irritating as well (if they harass you, and watch out for droppings). Local vendors sell cookies which the deer absolutely love and will chase you down for. We didn't have to bother buying any - we just floated around the people who bought some that were ambushed. Some amazing photos if you have a high quality camera.

The second awesome part is the temple itself which contains a massive 50 ft Buddha. Admission is very reasonable for the site and the enormity of the temple as well as how long ago it was built is a marvel to be admired. The grounds are also well kept.

Highly recommend this trip as the two contrasting experiences juxtaposed offer a very unique and fun value proposition at minimal cost. Just be sure to keep food and water out of sight as the deer have come to expect a certain quality of life, hence the large number of them.
Written August 27, 2023
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Todaiji was once one of Japan’s Seven Great Temples and houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha. As one of the main sites of interest in Nara, the Temple was originally built in 752 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Great Buddha is standing 16 meters tall, and there is a pillar at the back of the hall, which has a hole in the middle. Those who can squeeze through the hole are said to be assured of enlightenment and long life of happiness.

The Nandaimon Gate which stands at the temple entrance is the largest gate of its kind in Japan, with the two guardians within known as the two kings of Todai-ji.
The temple is a 19 minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station and a 30 minute walk from Nara Station.

Note that the entry fee is just for entering the complex. If you want to enter the great Buddha hall or the Todaiji Museum, there are separate charges.
Written April 18, 2022
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,535 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
A Unesco World Heritage site.

It is a must-see but comparatively to other big buddha's, this one is just alright.

Covid travel restrictions have really affected visitor numbers. We had a beautiful October sunny day and there were no lines anywhere including this site. We were able to leisurely see the whole building and statue in about 20 minutes.

As for the statue, considering the age and size, it is impressive. Worthy of a visit, if anything, to admire the engineering involved to build such a big structure.

Not something we will visit again but we are glad we saw it. A must-see in Nara.
Written October 21, 2020
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Geeess
Rome, Italy2,196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Besides the size the sheer reverence that Buddhist pilgrims exhibit is an experience in itself. it is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan.
Until a few years ago,, Todaiji's main hall, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall), held the record as the world's largest wooden building, despite the fact that the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall's size. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is flanked by two Bodhisattvas.
Along the path to Todaiji is the Nandaimon Gate, a large wooden gate guarded by two fierce looking statues. Representing the Nio Guardian Kings, the statues are designated national treasures together with the gate itself.
Written February 9, 2020
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Jacqui F
London, UK281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Until recently the largest wooden structure in the world, this temple is home to the largest bronze statue of the Vairocana Buddha in the world. It’s big. So big that its hands alone are as tall as a person. It’s wonderful to behold. Tickets cost 600 Yen for adults and 300 Yen for young children. However, if you can afford it, it’s definitely worth paying extra for combined tickets that also get you into the museum. These cost 1000 Yen for adults and 400 Yen for children. Don’t miss the tunnel through a pillar at the back right of the temple. The tunnel is apparently the same width as the Buddha statue’s nostril and you can try to crawl through it to gain enlightenment in the next life. It’s a bit of a squeeze for some, while others wriggle through easily.
Written August 28, 2023
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DezLambert
Dudley, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Came here on a day trip from Kyoto using JR pass. Easy journey then hopped on a buss for 5 minutes fort he station. This is one of a few temples in a deer park and is stunning. Not just the size of the wooden structure but the huge buddhist statutes inside. Around the grounds are the famous Nara "bowing" deer who are tame as anything and just want a snack from you. Well worth the day trip.

+ve - Cheap entry. Great buildlng and interior. Deer are friendly

-ve - Can get a little crowded. Come first thing or on a weekday to minimise crowds if this is not your thing
Written January 9, 2020
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Eliana Maria
Jakarta, Indonesia505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
The temple consists of a single building hosting a Buddha statue. It is a nice place to visit, but you don't need to spend a lot of time here. There are other smaller buildings you can explore in Nara Park. This temple is a short bus ride from Nara JR station that costs JPY 220.
Written December 27, 2022
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c3pon
Hampton, MN602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Photos and video can't capture the epic size of the Buddha inside the temple. It's absolutely amazing. Also make sure to attempt to fit through 'the nostril'. I made it! Lots of fun. Quite a sight to see and experience.
Written January 24, 2020
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Didge432
Sutherland Shire, Australia487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Don’t go to Nara for the deer park, go for this temple. This is one of the most stunning structures I have ever seen and no photo will ever do it justice. It’s all timber and many dams had to be created to bring the timber in back in 1692 (it was originally built in the late 700s but subsequently destroyed by fire. The current building is 2/3 the size of the original building). Inside the building sits a 15m high bronze Buddha, the tallest bronze Buddha in the world.

This is one temple that everyone needs to visit while in Kyoto (only a 49’minute ride on an express train from Kyoto station).
Written January 3, 2020
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