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This temple which is located in Nara City is the head temple of the Kegon sect of Buddhism. The principal object of worship at the temple is Vairocana-Buddha which has become a symbol of Nara and is known as “Nara’s Big Buddha”. Emperor Shomu issued a decree to construct the Great Buddha in 743, and in order to enshrine that Great Buddha, Tōdai-ji was constructed using all the nation’s power. National Treasures such as the Nandaimon (Great South Gate), Daibutsuden (the Great Buddha), the bell tower and the Hokke-do Hall are dotted throughout the grounds of the temple. It is known internationally as a Japanese sightseeing spot with many foreign tourists also visiting the temple.


Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 (NaraArea)

phone 0742225511

[Apr.-Oct.] 7:30-17:30 (Todaiji Museum 9:30-17:30)
[Nov.-Mar.] 8:00-17:00 (Todaiji Museum 9:30-17:00) )

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Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 [ map ]
[Apr.-Oct.] 7:30-17:30 (Todaiji Museum 9:30-17:30)
[Nov.-Mar.] 8:00-17:00 (Todaiji Museum 9:30-17:00) )
open everyday
Admission fee (over university students) 500 yuen, High School Students 500 yen, 500 yen in junior high school, Elementary school students 300 yen * Buddha statue, Hokkaido, Takaidendo, fee for each hall
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          With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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