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Todai-ji Temple

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406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-22-5511
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 25, 2010

From Kyoto Station, we took the Rapid JR Train to Nara. After 45 minutes and stops at 6 or 7 stations, we arrived in the heart of Nara City. Then an hour's stroll to Nara Park and Todaiji, past many interesting shops and eateries, esp....More

7  Thank PettRuss8
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Todaiji Temple houses a great Buddha in the world's largest wooden building. It was an excellent place to take pictures (even outside the temple) because of the beautifully maintained gardens and the abundance of natural light. Inside, there is quite a number of old and...More

3  Thank Jen L
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the temple to see - huge wooden structure with a massive Buddha inside. Spectacular. Look out for the wooden pillar which has a gap you can crawl through, the size of the Buddha’s nostril. Goshuin are available, plus there are stamps near the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s amazing, doesn’t even look real, it was an amazing sight. There’s the whole history behind why it was made and why the hand was done like that etc. We went at an extremely busy time unfortunately so we followed the crowd and didn’t have...More

2  Thank Ben927
Reviewed 3 days ago

This temple is imposing and has some beautiful statues besides the huge gold Buddha. the grounds a beautifully manicured.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Todai-ji Temple should be regarded as the landmark of Nara because the world's largest bronze buddha was placed inside the huge timber structure. The temple was easily accessible either by walking from the train station or take the local bus there. However the spot was...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

The most famous temple in Nara, Typical japanese temple in a very nice area near Nara park. Good spot for pics but don't expect to be alone there

1  Thank ghorbelma
Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW what an amazing place. The massive statues are enormous and just brilliant to view. the work they put into these. a very interesting place and a must to visit allow a couple of hours. easy walking and good for children of all ages.

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful and interesting. Temples, shrines and grounds. This should be your top priority in Nara. GO.

1  Thank boyfromlexington
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came with little knowledge of the region but we were pleased we stopped by, we would recommend it to all even just to see

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I visited Todai-ji temple on the 15th of Oct- a Monday. Despite this it was incredibly busy, people were everywhere, we went fairly early in the morning. It was a nice, unique shrine, seeing the large bronze budda was amazing. I preferred...More

1  Thank sam_wise_0404
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nara is a lovely city and Todai-ji temple is definitely worth visiting. It can get a little crowded at times so come early.

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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
Lilly R
May 19, 2017|
Response from Matt E | Reviewed this property |
8:00 to 16:30 (November to February)  8:00 to 17:00 (March)  7:30 to 17:30 (April to September)  7:30 to 17:00 (October)