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“Impressive Human Work in Nara!”
Review of Todai-ji Temple

Todai-ji Temple
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka
Ranked #2 of 224 things to do in Nara
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

This biggest Wooden Temple of the Japan and of the World is one of the World Heritage Site.

It's truly an impressive architecture and human work. The building is huge and it's amazingly beautiful. If you are in Nara, you will surely mark this temple Todaiji as A MUST Visit Place on your To-Do List. You will see a beautiful Buddha inside the temple and each Wooden Pillar inside is very huge and tall.

From the town near Main Train Station, you can walk to this temple and it will take you approx. 20 minutes to get there. Along the way, You will see lots of deer walking and wandering around in the area as it's a big park where deer are resident there.

Otherwise, you can take a bus to Todaiji Temple and the fare will be approx. 200 YEN (80 THB).

The entrance fee is 500 YEN (200 THB).

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

If you are in Japan, this is a place you shouldn't miss. Not just the oldest wooden building in Japan, probably in the World. They say its the largest in Japan, and in the world too. Whether thats true or not, you must see it. The statues inside are as impressive as the building itself.

Go with an English speaking guide, we were lucky and had one all to ourselves and she was first class. We went into the history we would never have learned about without her, thank you Kay.

She also allowed us to feed the Japanese fallow deer, there are loads of them around and yes, they do bow just like a Japanese when they want you to give them a biscuit. Very clever

1  Thank Dan A
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

If you're in NARA, Japan, you shouldn't miss Todaiji Temple! This is a World UNESCO sight and has been intact for centuries. It is the Largest Wooden Structure in Japan. It is really huge! Taller than current buildings we have. And to think they built this without Machines before is very impressive. Inside the Temple houses a very Large Buddha. Most temples in Japan don't allow you to take photos of the Buddha or inside the temple but surprisingly they allowed in the Todaiji. Also another fun feature in the Temple is this huge pillar with a very small hole on the base. They say if you can pass through it, you will be blessed with good wisdom. I'm not really a big person but that was really a small hole, took me awhile to get through. It may be difficult to get through for adults but Children will have a breeze getting through. Don't miss this place!

2  Thank ram_dlsu
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

It's really lovely walk through the park with deer and suddenly reach this impressive Buddhist temple.
Very important to respect the Buddhist rituals to enter the temples. Follow the Japanese, if you do not know what to do.
The Buddha inside is huge.
At the same time has great composure and a great beauty.
The centerpiece is reckoned as one of the largest wooden structures in the world. Fantastic.

1  Thank lluviaxlluvia
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We decided to walk around Nara from the Train station. Getting to Todaiji temple by foot is a lovely walk through Nara park. If you are able to walk then definitely take the 20 minute stroll, as it is very picturesque.
The temple is very busy, lots of tourists, school trips and large coach loads of people which was slightly off putting. However the walk up to the temple is nice, with the wild deer walking around the pathways. Entrance inside the temple is a steep 600yen each, which was surprising, however it is definitely worth it. Its a beautiful temple, absolutely massive, the gardens are immaculate. We really enjoyed just sitting on the steps watching the people and taking in the views, it really is amazing.
Our only disappointment, was that they really are playing on the tourists. There are lots of shops inside the temple and more inside the grounds on the way out, selling items which have nothing to do with the temple which did make it feel a little tacky.

2  Thank Travellover6128
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