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Todai-ji Temple, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple has served as a central Buddhist temple complex known for its administrative control over provincial temples. Today, it remains a pilgrimage and ritual site for international Buddhism. The main hall, a massive wooden building, contains a 15 m (49.2 ft) bronze statue of the Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas. Check out the onsite museum, which features rotating displays of the temple's collection of religious art and cultural artifacts. Try not to scare the deer roaming the temple grounds, as Shintoism considers them godly messengers. Planning Nara trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • Don’t go to Nara for the deer park, go for this temple. This is one of the most stunning structures I have ever seen and no photo will ever do it justice. It’s all timber and many dams had to be...  more »
  • The Great Eastern Temple is located in the northern section of Nara Park - Todai-ji is part of a larger complex and one of the Seven Great Temples of Japan. It is now the world's second largest...  more »
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  • Yes, it's crowded with tourists and no one likes that but there's a reason for it - the temple is absolutely impressive, with every step you take towards it it seems to grow, and the statue together with the rest inside are a sight you won't see too often. A must I'd say if you're in Japan. Easily doable as a day-trip from both Osaka and Kyoto.
  • A thoroughly impressive place. The temple is massive and looks wicked. It really looks like it comes from a different time. Top three temples in Japan for sure. Add to this the countless deer in the nearby park, ant the whole place is a treat! There is also an accompanying museum just outside the temple yard, but it's not worth the entrance fee. You are better off spending more time enjoying the actual temple!
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