The lecture hall of Toshodaiji Temple, founded by Ganjin, was a gift from the Imperial Court and was relocated from the East Choshuden Hall of Heijo Palace. Originally a government office and open-air building, it was renovated as a temple hall when it was moved. It was reconstructed in its present form during the Kamakura period (1185-1333), and some of the pillars were found to be from the time of the Tocho Choshu-jeon. The main statue is a seated Maitreya Nyorai (Maitreya Buddha), which is usually considered a bodhisattva statue, and is unique in that it is represented as a nyorai statue.

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  • Clean and well preserved.
    4.0 Reviewed : 2024.05.11
    Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple was established in 700 AD. The temple, made of wood, stands well preserved till today. Its very clean. The gardens are vast, green and speechlessly clean. The deer...
  • Nice Buddhist Temple
    5.0 Reviewed : 2024.04.25
    Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple, established in 759 AD. Its original structure is still intact and very well preserved. It was founded by a Chinese priest who was invited by the Emperor of Japan to...
  • Worth a visitb
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.03.08
    A bit out of town but you can get a bus at train/bus station. It’s a lovely temple and there was a row of blooming plums which made me really feel I was here during cherry season Great pagodas If...

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