"Located in Nara City, as the head temple of the Kegon sect of Buddhism. The principal image is Vairocana Buddha, the symbol of Nara as the ""Great Buddha of Nara"". In 743, Emperor Shomu issued his imperial edict for the erection of the Great Buddha Image, and with the cooperation of many people, it was constructed in the hope that all would be happy. The temple grounds are dotted with the national treasures such as Nandai-mon (Great South Gate), Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall), Bell Tower, and Hokke-do (Lotus Hall, Sangatsu-do). It is also known worldwide as one of Japan's most popular tourist spots and attracts many foreign tourists."

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Update date:2024.05.28

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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
open everyday * Museum has temporary Days closed * Sente-do stops 2/15-3/5 Visit every year (until July 5th year of Reiwa)
[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.
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Wheelchair accessible
Yes (Great Buddha Hall, Museum is possible)
Infant friendly
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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  • The deer was reaaly friendly
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.31
    This temple is beautiful. As we walked towards it, we met many friendly deer who are famous in Nara. They come up to visitors hoping to be fed and can be convinced with biscuits.To enter the temple...
  • Go early
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.25
    The largest gilded Buddha in the world is definitely worth a trip to Nara. As many people visit for the day from a Kyoto, spending a night in Nara is a nice way to take it in early in the morning to...
  • 100% worth your time!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.20
    Definitely worth a visit! We spent quite some time looking at all the displays and learnt quite a lot about Buddhism. However we missed visiting some halls in the temple grounds, so Ill definitely...

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