Great South Gate

Historical Monument
This is the main gate of Tōdai-ji in Nara City and has been designated as a National Treasure. The original gate was destroyed by a typhoon in 962, and the present gate was rebuilt in the Kamakura period. It is Japan’s largest temple gate reaching a height of 25.46 meters. There are 18 giant pillars up to the roof, and in the lower section of the gate, the back of the roof structure has no ceiling—so it is famous as the architectural structure which houses the Great Buddha.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 in the Todaiji Temple map map Map
[Worship] All day is possible
open everyday
[Worship fee] Free
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Enormous Gate, Very Impressive
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.01.22
    The Todai ji Gate was simply massive and the temple itself is even more impressive. Ive never seen a gate this large before and it was incredible to look at. I was here when it was rainy, so it was...
  • Huge
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.09.27
    This massive Great South Gate to Todai-ji Temple inspired awe as soon as I saw it. Rising about 83 feet above the ground, it reigns supreme as the largest temple entrance in Japan. It takes 18...
  • Todaiji Temple
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.06
    We did a daytrip to Nara. Besides Nara park with lots of deers you can also check this temple with vast gate.

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