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Tōdai-ji, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Tōdai-ji has served as a central Buddhist temple complex known for its administrative control over provincial temples. Today, it remains a pilgrimage and ritual site for international Buddhism. The main hall, a massive wooden building, contains a 15 m (49.2 ft) bronze statue of the Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas. Check out the onsite museum, which features rotating displays of the temple's collection of religious art and cultural artifacts. Try not to scare the deer roaming the temple grounds, as Shintoism considers them godly messengers. Planning Nara trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Very interesting place and not very far from the town centre. A day pass shall allow the visitor to see not only this but other interesting places in Nara.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    NARA was the ancient capital of Japan, apart from Todai Temple of the deer still will come into handy bought del Carmen, into near 導 覽 can Ting in Chinese, know the history here, a real pillar one Pierce brought over to future good operation
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  • October 4, 2017
    Huge temples built in wood with a bronze Buddha on 437ton and a huge park with deer that runs freely and is domesticated, would love to be fed with biscuit 150yen for some cookies when animals become a bit pushy but a fun experience. Shopping and dining are located outside the area.
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  • July 12, 2017
    An impressive, well preserved piece of history. The inside of the temple is just splendid! I have been inside many Buddhist temples, but this one is just WOW!!The grounds etc are also well kept. Well done Japan!
  • April 7, 2017
    Beautiful place. The temple itself is amazing considering its age. Even if you are not into the religion, do go in and appreciate the building and the mega size statues inside it. Need to pay a fee to get in but I think it is reasonable considering all the work they did to maintain it.
  • July 12, 2017
    Best temple in Japan with Fushimi Inari. The temple is big and there's a huge Buddha inside! I love it. They charge you 500 yens.
  • June 5, 2017
    Impressive sized temple. Worth the effort of getting there. The deer everywhere are very nice also. We had a great time feeding them.
  • April 7, 2017
    One of my favourite spots in Japan! Absolutely fabulous! If you have the possibility, don't hesitate to contact EGG free will guides! They make your day extra special, in return you'll have to spread peace in the world.

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The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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