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Toshodaiji Temple, Nara

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Religious Site
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. Using our custom trip planner, Nara attractions like Toshodaiji Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We visited this site having been to Todaji Temple and the Kusaga Taisha Shrine. These other sites were quite crowded and it was very pleasant to be able to take our time to enjoy these monuments witho...  more »
  • The view from outside is amazing, especially on a sunny day. The inside has big buddhas and nice decorations as well. The souvenirs sold in the temples are lovely and cheaper than what you get from ou...  more »
  • Earliest Buddhist temple and shrine complex from 758 AD in a lovely forest setting. Easy to get to via Kintetsu train from Nara with one train change, about 20-30 minutes. Combine with a visit to Craf...  more »