Great Buddha Hall

"It is a Buddhist hall of Todai-ji in Nara City and is a national treasure of Japan. Its official name is Todai-ji Kondo (Great Buddha Hall, the main hall of Todai-ji). It is the largest building in the precincts of the temple, built to enshrine the seated statue of Vairocana Buddha, the principal image of the temple, and known as the ""Great Buddha of Nara"". The statue of Vairocana Buddha is approximately 14.98 meters tall and made of bronze. Parts of the abdomen, legs, and pedestal from the time of its construction remain. During the Bon Festival and from New Year's Eve to New Year's Day, the kanso (viewing Buddha's face) window under the kara hafu (undulating gable) on the front side of the temple opens and the face of the Great Buddha can be seen from the outside."

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Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1 in the Todaiji Temple map map Map
[Apr.- Oct.]7:30-17:30
[Nov.- Mar.]8:00-17:00
open everyday
[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
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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  • Worth visiting once.
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.10.22
    This should be merged with the Todaiji Temple listing.This is the primary attraction at Todaiji Temple. Comparing to other great Buddha statues, this one is just alright. It is still...
  • The best part
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.10
    This is the iconic and best part of Nara!The Great Buddha Hall is the Main Hall (kondō) of Tōdai-ji. Built first in the Nara period it has been destroyed twice by fire in 1180 and again in 1567. The...
  • Main Hall with Big Buddha
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.09
    The principal attraction of the Todai-ji temple. People turn around the big Buddha clock-wise. The first thing we see is a big golden piece and I did not know what it was until later:the end of a...

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