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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. Tōdai-ji is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Nara Edition.
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  • 一早奈良公園》東大寺漫步完,奈良公園的梅花鹿可能因為一早遊客群尚未蒞臨,我們算是第一批的來客,路旁買了一份¥150元的餅乾,讓嫣嫣嘗試餵食。梅花鹿很機靈迅速地啃食了2~3片,我就留著剩餘的餅乾預計繼續往東大寺前進⋯⋯其中一隻梅花鹿尾隨著,趁我們也不注意把放在嬰兒推車上的奈良地圖迅雷不及掩耳地叼走,我趕緊要把它拉回但牠老兄硬是要得我也不想跟牠拉拔了!讓牠開心得意的享受牠的戰利品吧~ 往東大寺的路旁有...  more »
  • It was a school trip since Todai-ji Temple. Buddha is a funny look at todaiji Daibutsu-also good, but one dimly seen and my heart is good and things settle down. And the "Buddha nose hole' pillar holes were adults and children dived in popularity.
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  • You can't go to Nara without visiting this temple. It's a classic and absolutely breathtaking view of the massive Buddha. I found it to be the Japanese equivalent of the Abraham Lincoln memorial in DC...  more »
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  • Everything about this place is peaceful, fulfilling, and beautiful. The roaming deer just outside the walls (and throughout the city) are such pleasant and timid creatures. Be careful if you have food, as they will surround you and likely pull on your clothes and bags with their mouths! You can buy special crackers to feed the deer and plenty of deer themed knickknacks in the stores both inside the temple and out. Inside the temple are large and well maintained statues and elaborate models of the buildings. Definitely a stop to add to your list but if you want to avoid crowds, go on the off-season and at either end of the operating hours.
  • Wonderful experience. Beautiful and the statues were marvelous! A 'must see' attraction. Make sure to explore the big park around it. There's more to see. They have a package ticket of ¥800 to enter the temple and museum. It costs ¥500 just to enter the temple only. Once you've been there, all the other temples are irrelevant.
  • It need a massive temple to host the biggest Buddha. And this is Todai-Ji. Very very impressive. You really feel like a smurf beside this temple. Beside that, this might one of the most beautiful temple in the region. Definitely worth the sight.
  • The incredibly impressive temple is absolutely massive. The scale of the wooden columns takes time to sink in. The temple is the third iteration, with this latest being 300 years old and only 66% the size of the original. A maquette inside helps give an idea of the size and splendour. There are free guide talks in English by volunteers that last 10 minutes that are a good introduction.
  • And imposing structure that looks ooolllddd.. And rightly so.. Just adds to the charm of the place. The deers roaming around soo freely around temple that at times.. We had to stay clear of them rather than the other way round :P The huge buddha sculpture and the ambience of teh place is overwhelming but calming all at once. Great place to visit. And on the way.. Do eat lots of local stuff.. Specially loved soy milk ice cream