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Tōdai-ji, Nara

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Historic Site Religious Site
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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  • You don't really understand or get a scale of how big this Buddha is until you're there in person. It's truly awe inspiring and 100% a must do after seeing all of the deer in the park.  more »
  • This is the main attraction in Nara. It is crowded but is a must-see! It's a bit of a walk from the bus stop but the paths are lined with beautiful trees, nice restaurants and, of course, curious deer...  more »
  • The size of the temple and the Buddha it houses is immense. It's crazy how the temple used to be even bigger before the Lightning striker that caused a fire centuries ago. Well worth the visit!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Impressive sized temple. Worth the effort of getting there. The deer everywhere are very nice also. We had a great time feeding them.
  • 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.
  • A very cool, old temple. Inside is what I believe to be Japan's largest Buddha statue. There are also some other very intricate statues inside.
  • Amazing place to visit! You can walk around and feed the deers around you! It's a place to spend at least 3 hrs to walk and see all that has to offer.