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Todai-ji Temple

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406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-22-5511
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The structure is massive and quite an architectural achievement during its time. The Buddha is monstrous in size. Nice walk through the Nara park with all the deer walking around looking for food from the visitors.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

was the visit to Nara, and in particular, Toda-ji Temple. Its beautiful. The Buddha Statue, the other statues in the hall, etc - amazing! it was also fun watching people wriggling their way through Buddha's Nostril!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited during the off-season, but it was still very very crowded. Walking through the temple you are shoulder to shoulder and back to front with people. The building itself looked a little rundown, but maybe it's kept this way for a reason. Seeing the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Todaiji Temple is a must for visitors to Nara. The structure is an architectural wonder of the Tang Dynasty building style that can scarcely be found in full integrity even in China, and in such excellent condition. One is easily awe struck by its dignity...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Emperor Shomu wanted to build the biggest Buddha in the world and so 1/3 of the population at the time were "employed" to obey his wishes. It took 9 years in total. It has been destroyed by fire on several occasions and in the process...More

Thank foxylady23
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about this site is huge. The imposing Nandaimon as you approach is very imposing and is guarded by two Nio guardian kings, giant scary characters who themselves are designated ‘national treasures’ however this is just a warm up for the monumental Dalbutsuden reconstructed in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the north side of Nara park this temple is a must to see. When you follow a trail clockwise through the park it is one of the first big structures you will see. Inside there is a huge Buddha statue and the construction...More

Thank DickZe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple buildings are set in a widespread park full of a peaceful mix of tourists and small deers. It's a pity the great wooden masterpieces inside the main tori had to be kept behind an iron web, in the dark, because they are as...More

Thank Javier G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the train from Kyoto to Nara and walked up to the temple. Big grounds and full of tourists and school groups when we were there We had a short 10 minute introduction to it by one of the volunteer guides at the entrance. Obviously...More

Thank SGC60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Todjai-ji Temple as part of a Celebrity Cruise tour. The main hall entrance houses what is claimed to be the biggest bronze buddha in the world. There is a tall black post in the far right corner and if you can...More

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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
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May 19, 2017|
Response from matte293 | 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)