Todai-ji Temple

Todai-ji Temple, Nara

Todai-ji Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Monuments & Statues
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,725 contributions
Nov 2021
Todai-ji Temple is the Most Impressive Temple I've ever seen. This is considered the worlds largest wooden structure. It's massive, I can't even explain how large it is. The Buddha inside was incredible to see as well. I was just in awe the whole time being around here. There is an admission fee here but it is 100% worth it.
Written January 15, 2022
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Lance Kerwin
Tromso, Norway614 contributions
Feb 2020
Todai-ji is one of the most imressive temples in Japan.
The grounds around the temple are also well worth visiting. You'll find extensive gardens, museums as well as treasure halls.
Written January 16, 2021
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Dom
Germany23 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
Amazing Place, especially the Great Buddha. I got to see Todaiji at night, but it's surely spectacular during daytime as well! I hope you have a great stay.
Written December 5, 2020
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S.T
1 contribution
Nov 2020
Wanna see the world's biggest and the most dignified statue of Buddha? Then you should get to Todai-ji Temple!
In the huge areas of Todai-ji, there're lots of temples to look around. The statue of Buddha is the most famous landmark.
Since Todai-ji is a historical place that every Japanese citizen learn in schools, there were lots of teens came for a field trip. So you might feel it' a bit noisy. If you wish to stay in silent temples, you might prefer other temples such as Kohuku-ji.
Anyway, I strongly recommend all visitors to get there.
Written November 25, 2020
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan999 contributions
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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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway566 contributions
Nov 2019
Todaiji Temple in Nara Park - one of Japan's most historic and famous temples and Nara's landmark. Until recently, the world's largest wooden building. A truly impressive beautiful temple that also houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of the Buddha, 15 m high. Highly reccomends a visit.
Written October 5, 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,935 contributions
Oct 2019
We timed this all wrong. School Groups got priority (no whinge, honest) and there were literally dozens of them, each comprising 40+ Students, all in immaculate Uniforms and beautifully behaved - a credit, if ever there was one.

A Buddhist Temple, which Dates back to 728 AD, with a sad history of Fires (extinguishers were never enough in number nor power) - 5 or more over the years. It was the largest man-made Structure in Japan until the advent of more recent (21st Century) Sporting Stadia.

Sadly, this Photo was as close as we got.

Saved for next time.
Written September 12, 2020
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humofert
Corinth, Greece19 contributions
Jan 2020
Shock and awe ! One of the most awe inspiring places I have ever been. A great experience visiting such a great temple. I will revisit any time that I get the chance again.
Written September 11, 2020
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53Ruta_R
Chicago, IL398 contributions
Dec 2019
Spent a couple of hours here. Unfortunately, I could not enjoy the outdoors too much as the day was rainy.

Inside the temple is a large Buddha.

I visited with my parents and spent about 1.5 hours there, inside the temple and visiting some of the shopping stalls.
Written August 20, 2020
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NietzscheWorld
Chicago, IL32 contributions
Apr 2020
Perhaps one of the most beautiful fully bloomed cherry blossom trees I have seen in Japan is on the left of this entryway.
Written May 24, 2020
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