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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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  • Perhaps one of the most beautiful fully bloomed cherry blossom trees I have seen in Japan is on the left of this entryway.  more »
  • The Todai-ji-Tempel is symbolic for Japan's status as a high-cultured-nation with a rich history of architecture and spiritualism. The sheer size of this mammoth building inspires respect and awe in.....  more »
  • Todai-ji Temple is located within Nara Park. The temple is a stunning structure which houses Japan’s largest bronze Buddha statue. There is also a pillar with a hole through it which is the size of...  more »
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  • A remarkable piece of history - although not the original; but you do discover most of the ancient relics in Japan are replicas. I did still feel humbled when we went inside. The biggest Buddha I ever did see greeted us within his shrine. I was expecting the temple to be larger - there may be more to see in the museum and gallery part.
  • The Great Buddha Hall in Nara is incredible, and serves as the perfect capstone to a day meandering the trails and befriending the deer. If you are travelling with a child, they can pass through a hole in one of the wooden pillars - said to be the same size as the nostril of the giant Buddha statue, you are granted good luck if you can squeeze (sneeze?) through. Even if you have no particular affinity for Buddhism or history, the sheer scale of the building is certain to impress.
  • It was really impressive to see the great Buddha. But also here too, come early to avoid the crowds. What I really love is the details and that everything is so clean. And the deers that live there they are so cute. But keep attention and only give them the crackers they sell there.
  • Yes, it's crowded with tourists and no one likes that but there's a reason for it - the temple is absolutely impressive, with every step you take towards it it seems to grow, and the statue together with the rest inside are a sight you won't see too often. A must I'd say if you're in Japan. Easily doable as a day-trip from both Osaka and Kyoto.
  • A thoroughly impressive place. The temple is massive and looks wicked. It really looks like it comes from a different time. Top three temples in Japan for sure. Add to this the countless deer in the nearby park, ant the whole place is a treat! There is also an accompanying museum just outside the temple yard, but it's not worth the entrance fee. You are better off spending more time enjoying the actual temple!

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