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Tōdai-ji (東大寺)

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.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 (NaraArea)

phone 0742225511
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[Apr.--Octo.] [Great Buddha Hall] 7:30-17:30 [Todaiji Museum] 9:30-17:30 [Hokkado/Sentedo] 8:30-16:00 [Nov.- Mar.] [Great Buddha Hall] 8:00-17:00 [Todaiji Museum] 9:30-17:00 [Hokkado/Sente-do] 8:30-16:00

Review of Todai-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2021/01/16 Todai-ji
Todai-ji is one of the most imressive temples in Japan.
The grounds around the temple are also well worth visiting. Youll find extensive gardens, museums as well as treasure halls.
Reviewed:2020/12/05 Daibutsu Illuminated Under the Starry Sky
Amazing Place, especially the Great Buddha. I got to see Todaiji at night, but its surely spectacular during daytime as well! I hope you have a great stay.
Reviewed:2020/11/25 Most impressive temple
Wanna see the worlds biggest and the most dignified statue of Buddha? Then you should get to Todai-ji Temple!
In the huge areas of Todai-ji, therere lots of temples to look around. The statue of...

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Address
Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 [map]
Area
NaraArea
Phone
0742225511
Hours
[Apr.--Octo.] [Great Buddha Hall] 7:30-17:30 [Todaiji Museum] 9:30-17:30 [Hokkado/Sentedo] 8:30-16:00 [Nov.- Mar.] [Great Buddha Hall] 8:00-17:00 [Todaiji Museum] 9:30-17:00 [Hokkado/Sente-do] 8:30-16:00
Closed
open everyday * Museum has temporary Days closed * Sente-do stops 2/15-3/5 Visit every year (until July 5th year of Reiwa)
Fees
[Admission fee] 600yen * Required for each of the Great Buddha Hall, Hokkado, Sente-do, and Todaiji Museum * There is a set ticket for the Great Buddha Hall and Todaiji Museum.
Parking Lot
Not available
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (Great Buddha Hall, Museum is possible)
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Yes (only for the Great Buddha Hall) * Please put your feet in a hug or carry inside the building and do not put your feet on the ground.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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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.