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Todai-ji Temple, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple 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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  • End of the course, after two weeks of visits, still a temple... Ah yes, but what temple! See if you can go to Nara. Really beautiful. We loved.
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  • Like a lot of temple, it is impressive by this gigantic Buddha. And what is also impressive is the intensity of the religious practices of the Japanese: wash his hands at the entrance, drop his shoes, pray in different ways with deep respect and of course to drop his mite. This in a perfect discipline and without Stampede.
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  • The silence and spectacular temple, which is very impressive and comfortable, sees the big Buddha is very serious, the temple is very magnificent, the lake beside the beautiful, suddenly the whole person release.
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  • One of the beautiful temples in Japan. Unique by its kind due to fact of how it got build. All wood temple, hugely impressive. Waiting line during peak season like Cherry blossom are ridiculous. Still, waiting line was pretty fast. Several status inside the temple worth walking by. Beautiful one!
  • The Todaiji is a must visit when you are in Nara. The huge Buddha statue and the nice gardens brings a certain calmness and serenity You can learn more about the history of this place! Apparently, the first construct is about 1/3 larger than the current one. There were two pagodas which were said to be 100m tall! A marvel then! Too bad they are not around now.
  • Small entry fee was definately worth it. Was amazingly beautiful and was surprisingly not too crowded considering when I went there was an entire school there. Lots of unique souvenirs offered inside also people tend to move from the best photo vantage points pretty quickly so it is easy to get photos. Was wheelchair accessible and kid friendly.
  • You do have to pay to get in because it’s a temple and not a shrine but this one seems worth it. The Buddha statues are impressive. There is an option to go up top if you contact the temple in advance. The models of the temple, including two pagodas that are no longer there, are very cool. This is the largest Buddha statue in Japan I believe. There are also shop selling Buddha gear like shirts, hats, bags, etc. in case you did not here yet, it will be very busy, so please be respectful and mindful of others so everyone can enjoy. If you want a picture, wait for your turn.
  • Definitely worth the enterance fee. It was one of the few temples we visited that let you take pictures on the inside. The details of the temple we're incredible to see up close. This place is truly massive and we easily spent an hour exploring and admiring the temple.
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