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Toshodaiji Temple唐招提寺


The head temple of the Ritsu school of Buddhism, one of the six sects of Buddhism brought to Japan during the Nara period which flourished in ancient Nara. The temple was erected in 759 by Jianzhen, a priest who traveled to Japan from Tang China. Originally the private temple of Jianzhen, it started out quite simple, but key structures such as the main temple were completed by the efforts of his disciples after his passing. The temple contains numerous designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, such as a seated figure of Vairocana, the temple’s principle object of worship. A seated statue of Jianzhen, a National Treasure, is displayed only once a year from June 5 to 7, the dates surrounding the time he died.


Nara Pref. Narashi Gojouchou 13-46 (NaraArea)

phone 0742337900

8:30-17:00 (Reception until 16:30)

Review of Toshodai-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2020/01/02 Half day tour to Nara
Beautiful historical Temple. World Heritage Its Great Buddha Hall houses the worlds largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu in the city of Nara. Good place to...
Reviewed:2019/12/22 Toshodai-ji (and Yakushi-ji Temples)
If you havent visited Kyotos temple districts or want to see temples without the crowds in and around Kyoto, or youd like to see more temples, and youre in Nara overnight, Yakushi-ji and...
Reviewed:2019/11/05 Very original and simple temple with a touching story of a Chinese monk
It’s actually located in Nara city, not far away but not well known by foreign tourists. The temple is simple old and the environment is original without extra decoration. If you are Chinese or...

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Nara Pref. Narashi Gojouchou 13-46 [ map ]
8:30-17:00 (Reception until 16:30)
[Admission fee to worship] Adults/college student 600yen, High School Students/Junior High School Students400yen, Elementary School Students200yen
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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.

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