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Todai-ji Temple

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406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The big bronze Buddah is breathtaking and you simply have to see and experience the magnitude. Really worth a trip from Osaka or Kyoto... but our recommendation is actually to stay in Nara for one night. Consider the guesthouse Naramachi!

Thank Nahuak
Reviewed 2 days ago

The sheer size of this indoor Buddha is impressive, the temple is also very large to be able to accommodate this giantic Buddha. Beyond the size of the Buddha, there is nothing that would consider extraordinary.

Thank FYL003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Japanese architecture and its history. Constructed with timber and iron. It’s beautiful and a must see when you visit the Nara deer park. A small fee apply.

Thank Rambo380
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was very crowded when we arrived at this temple, but it was a warm, inviting Friday afternoon. The Buddha statue was certainly worth a visit, despite the crowd. There were scale models of the temple complex on display as well. I suggest going earlier...More

Thank Helen A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Todai-ji is one of several temples in Nara, but its sheer size is awe-inspiring making it the best (and the size of the golden Buddha inside it). It takes about 30 mins to an hour to have a good look around the site and it...More

Thank Andy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't pay to go inside the main area of the temple, and instead choose to wander around the free areas (we are backpackers on a tight budget). Just wandering around the exterior of this temple gave us a great feel for how magnificent it...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Temple is fantastic! Inside they have a free english information, its only an A4 page but its very very imfortmative. There was also a lot of volunteer guides when I visited who I really enjoyed walking to, they talk me through the budha and all...More

Thank Leila R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best sight while traveling for 12 days in Japan...there is an entrance fee...we spent about 2 hours looking at the Buddha...feeding deers which roam freely on the property...would recommend to young and old...

Thank andoffigoagain
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Todai-ji temple was one of my favourite temples I visited whilst in Japan. Was with a tour group and had a great explanation about the Buddha and the sourrounds. Deer roam the park you can purchase some biscuits to feed them and more than likely...More

Thank Darren S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s huge. 600 yen entry fee. Shops inside selling various Buddhist or deer related things. There are deer in the surrounding area which are very cute and friendly.

Thank PabloA3717
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Graeme R
June 22, 2017|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
The walk is not difficult but straight forward, it takes about 20 to 30 minutes with few photo stops on the way. If you want to take the public bus, there are bus stops in front of the train station and junction of road that... More
Lilly R
May 19, 2017|
Response from Matt E | Reviewed this property |
8:00 to 16:30 (November to February)  8:00 to 17:00 (March)  7:30 to 17:30 (April to September)  7:30 to 17:00 (October)