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“Todaiji in rain”
Review of Todai-ji Temple

Todai-ji Temple
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$70.42*
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka
Ranked #2 of 224 things to do in Nara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I was not mentally prepared for what I saw in this temple. The Buddha statue is simply huge. The surrounding is clean and well maintained.
However, being an UNESCO site, it should have more information displayed in English. I wanted to know if the statue is made of wood or metal, whether the statue has been renovated since its creation etc.. However, no such information was publicly available. The Todaiji museum has lot of displays but for a non-Japanese speaking person those are nothing more than display items. At least the movie that they run could have been run in English (some of the screenings).
In summary, the site is great but one may not be able to enjoy it fully without knowing Japanese.

1  Thank Amitabha B
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Very crowded but interesting wooden building, the greatest of its kind according to our guidebook. Enormous Buddha statue.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This temple is quite impressive from the outside and inside. It's a must-see in Nara. Plan an hour.

This temple is quite impressive from the outside and inside. It's a must-see in Nara. Plan an hour.

2  Thank ACMMM00
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Todaiji Temple is very impressive. It is a World Heritage Site and as such attracts many tourists and visitors. There is an impressive walk up to the temple. The stones in the middle come from India (to represent where Buddhism was founded) and the stones on the outside are from Japan. At the entry to the main walk you will find a monk helping visitors with incense. It is said that the smoke from incense on your head makes you "clever". You will see people making a donation and pulling the smoke towards their heads and around their bodies.

Inside you will find the 2nd largest Buddha in the world (the largest being the Big Buddha in Hong Kong). It is an impressive bronze casting. It varies in color as it has for various reasons (fire and earthquake) been redone during different periods of time. There are many "attendant" statues. One very interesting display are models of the what the temple looked like at various times in history.

The logs used to build the temple are huge. One particular beam has a whole carved in it. It is said to be the same size as the Buddha's nostril. If you are small enough to climb through then you will have wisdom. During our visit several children were climbing through and their parents were taking pictures. One 20 something very skinny and small man climbed through with much difficulty. After several failed attempts, he took everything out of his pockets to make himself as skinny as possible. He posed half in and half out for the many tourists taking his picture.

There is a gift shop selling typical charms which you will find at all of the temples. You will also find several gift books, postcards and other small gifts. You should plan for about 45 minutes to 1 hour for your visit.

2  Thank massam3
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Biggest and oldest wooden temple in Japan, soak in the amazing architecture, theres a hole lodged in one of the pillars inside the temple, crawling through it is said to bring you wisdom, it is said that its size its the same as Buddha's nostrils. Remember to wash your hands before you enter by the side.

2  Thank pocky_11
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