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Reviewed June 24, 2019

I visited the Todaiji Temple on June 13th with my family and I came away with quite an impression of the size of the structure. I knew the building was huge, but one does not realize how big this structure is until you stand at the entry door and look up inside the building.

I read that Todaiji Temple is the largest wooden structure in the world. That I can believe as the wooden support columns are huge and the beams and rafters are impressive. As a person in the construction industry, I was blown away .

The main floor is filled with several statures, a giant buddha and lots of children on an excursion. There is an opening in one of the columns that you can squeeze through, but there was a line for that attraction and the line had about 100 kids in it. I am a little too fat for that attraction, so I guess I will try something else.

The grounds leading up to the temple are quite nice and the walk from Kintetsu Nara Station was quite nice in the early morning. We saw a lot of deer on the way to the temple and my son bought some deer crackers to feed the deer. This was a good way to start the morning sight seeing.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 21, 2019

Sometimes you have to prioritize (budget time & $) on which temples to visit and this is one of the top 5 to visit in the Kansai region. This was our favorite because of the size and grandeur of the wooden temple and beautiful surrounding grounds w/ the largest Buddha statue in Japan. At 1000Y pp entrance fee; worthwhile visit and allow at least 1 hour to walk through the grounds and temple exhibits explaining the history of restorations during war time and earthquakes.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed June 20, 2019

Seeing the Todai-ji temple in all its grandeur is awe-inspiring. Originally built in the 8th century A.D. (present structure renovated in the 1600s), it is the largest wooden structure in the world and also houses the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Aside from its massive size, numerous intricately sculpted statues accentuate the temple building. The surrounding grounds is expansive and has gardens and ponds. The adjacent Nara Deer Park is a stone's throw away. Easily accessible by public transportation. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019

Highlighting the largest Bronze Statue of Buddha in Japan, this Temple has an impressive aura of power. Less imposing are the Golden Buddha's either side. Constructed of timber this is one of the largest wooden structures in the world.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019

The Big Buddha Hall is the world's largest wooden building & houses a bronze 15 meter tall, seated Buddha.

The grounds are home to the Nara deer, which for a small fee, you are able to feed special crackers.

Highly recommended.

Date of experience: June 2019
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