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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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  • Daewoong ago behind blue skies daewoong former entrance to the enormous Buddha inside, filled with deer should go up. Just watch out for the deer's poop smell and let cool ride!
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  • The great Buddha, huge statue is housed in an imposing classical wooden stle of Japanese temples. inside there are other beautiful statues including the two guardians, imposing and severe ...
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  • After having waited in line for awhile, like finally. The overview at the time to buy tickets is already not bad. Very impressive place with lots of people.
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  • 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.
  • One of the coolest temples I’ve been to in Japan. Don’t look at the pictures, as it’s better to be in suspense to see the giant Buddha. When traveling you can get tired pretty quickly of all the temples, but we this one was special. A lot of the temples in Nara are worth seeing.
  • Entrance has a fee just like many other temples near Kyoto and in Nara which I don’t understand because what if you are a local trying to pray to the Buddha. Maybe locals don’t come here or go through the same entrance. When you enter, the main temple is really imposing but it’s not the one originally built. Inside, the space is smaller than expected because most of it is occupied by the imposing Buddha. There’s a small gift shop that says credit card is accepted but usually the credit card machine is down I am not sure why.
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