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Toshodaiji Temple, Nara

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Pay a visit to UNESCO-protected Toshodaiji Temple, and admire the architecture and atmosphere of the Buddhist temple of the Russhu sect. Established in 759 CE by Jianzhen, a Chinese monk who was instrumental in propagating Buddhism in the country, the temple includes a single-story main hall, considered an archetype of classical period design. In light of its architectural and cultural significance, the temple complex has been awarded, along with other historic monuments in the city, UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Arrange your visit to Toshodaiji Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nara using our Nara trip itinerary app .
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  • Is to boring repeat, but it's a must-see. But take cap for a walk around. We came in the summer of Japan which seemed more intense (though it is not) than Rio.
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  • Temple of jianzhen is wonderfully big. Been brought from China, was a significant contribution to Buddhism in Japan. And preaching of your high school students on a school trip in the temple, let, I was impressed.
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  • Toshodaiji temple is the crown jewel of Nara. Breathtaking and worthwhile a trip if you are in Kyoto or Osaka.  more »

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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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