"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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Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1
[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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    5.0 Reviewed:2022.04.18
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    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.

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