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Todai-ji Temple, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple 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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  • Big Buddha are impressive. Nostrils seems to be 30 cm in diameter, but seen from a distance so great, can't really imagine.
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  • We visited on a mid week day (Tuesday) and when there was light rain.I think this was a bonus in keeping the crowds away. We had minimal people to contend with and found the Buddha and the temple inte...  more »
  •  From Kintetsu NARA station, walk slowly about 20 minutes. Visit the big Buddha statue for a long time. The great Buddha Hall in the crowded is weekday for many Asian visit. You could go around to the back of the Buddha had not seen previously. Hear from women shop clean and was very informative. You could fit the hand in front of the majestic statue. Here very well "good valve Tsubaki (norikoboshi)" I could buy.
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  • You should should came here, very recommended place in Nara prefecture Japan. A big Buddhist with Major Buddha statue inside. Play with deer outside will comfort you. Love the place, the vibe and all related to it.
  • Colossal Buddhas, so many of them too! I it's hard to comprehend how big this place actually is until you see it so you'd better not give it a miss. A ticket is 600円 for adults (12+), 1000円 for the museum combo. Kids are 400円 and 800円 respectively. Do not give this
  • Stunning Buddhist temple. A world heritage site. If you are in Nara and you only have time to visit one temple, this would be it. Very grand. ¥600 admission fee.
  • What a great temple! The architecture itself is magnificent, and the Buddha is calm and merciful, a vivid symbol and faith and hope, it’s hard not to be moved by the Buddha and what people had undertaken in order to craft and build all this at a time where plague and war were always around the corner.
  • A stunning temple loaded with history and displays of deity. I was already captured form the moment I stepped on the entrance gate seeing the two deities inside the netted wood standing majestically like columns of the temple. The inside was even amazing with displays of how the temple came to be and descriptions of Buddha statues and other deities. What's even more amazing is that it is all made of wood - like humongous woods as columns and other things. There were also wishing wooden things were you could write your wishes and hang them up inside the temple. There are also souvenir stalls selling key chains, ref magnets and prayer paper. The doors of the temple is also intricately yet simply designed.Todaiji temple is probably one of the best temples I have ever seen in my whole life. It is truly a must see whenever you're in Nara. Deers are also present. They love to snack on deer crackers. Their quite aggressive sometimes but not in a bad way. Guess they just love to snack on these crackers. They are free to roam around and just blend in with the people.
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