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Tōdai-ji, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Tōdai-ji 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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  • Todaiji temple with much embellishment With admission to the temple nara kintetsu train came. Big Buddha Temple this Holy Simeon suite
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  • Is the most convenient Temple of Nara. If you're walking straight through the park with the rump, get straight to him. The temple is very integrated with nature, and there are trees everywhere between the statues, which leaves the visual of the buildings even more stunning.
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  • Visit this temple as part of our visit to Nara. Such a beautiful structure. Plenty of history to learn from the temple and surrounding. Can get crowed with a lot of tourist. Very easy to get to from N...  more »
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  • An excellent buddhist temple with excellent architecture and sculptures. Situated in Nara Park with beautiful grounds and lots of deer. They tend to be aggressive. Great place to visit in Nara for families. Expect a big crowd.
  • A beautiful temple with a truly massive Buddha inside. We found a voluntary English speaking tour guide to tell us the story behind the temple, which makes a visit here that much better. But the best part of the temple, in my opinion, is the park it's situated in. Nara Park is a must visit and if you are here, Todai-ji is worth a visit too.
  • A must see in Nara. Stunningly beautiful, and much grander than any picture can do justice. Tour groups do fill the area quickly and I would recommend an early visit, or around midday when some school groups have left. Breathtaking and humbling to be in the presence of this remarkable feat of human craftsmanship. The building itself is worth a visit, but then you see the statue!
  • Very old temple full of dears (the animal) people enjoying giving food and petting it, as usual con enjoy some local delicacies, houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha, temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples
  • An extremely beautiful place to visit, although it can be very crowded during peak visiting times. There are wild deer in the lead up to the entrance and the areas are kept very clean. The Todai-ji itself is incredible to see in person and the grounds are kept very clean and tidy. Lots of great touristy gifts to buy at the gift shops. There are plaques in English that explain some of the extra displays inside the temple. I would highly recommend a visit here! (be careful of the deer though! They can get a bit nippy if you have food)

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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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