Todaiji Temple: Meet the World’s Largest Buddha

The great UNESCO World Heritage temple in Nara Prefecture

Visit one of the most important temples in Japan and meet the biggest bronze Buddha and adorable deer!


 

Todaiji temple (東大寺) is a Buddhist temple complex located in Nara prefecture and was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples of Nara (南都七大寺). The temple’s main hall is where the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha (大仏) sits. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara since 1998. Along the temple complex, deer is another tourist attraction there, which is regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion.

 

 

Dimensions of the Daibutsu

  • Height: 14.98 m (49 ft 2 in)
  • Face: 5.33 m (17 ft 6 in)
  • Eyes: 1.02 m (3 ft 4 in)
  • Nose: 0.5 m (1 ft 8 in)
  • Ears: 2.54 m (8 ft 4 in)

Map:

Address: 406–1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture

Access: 20 mins walk from Kintetsu Nara station

Hours: 8:00~17:00

Fee: 500 JPY

Website: http://www.todaiji.or.jp/english/index.html

Going to Nara soon?? If you are visiting Nara with short period, I’d highly recommend you to join this amazing half-day tour “Nara Half Day Trip Walking Tour” which you can explore the best bits of Nara and learn the deep history of the city from a local guide! Meeting the largest Buddha, play with adorable deer, visiting a magnificent shrine and exploring the neighbourhood.. all these can be done in a half-day!

Check the link below for more details about the tour!

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