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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 overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • World's largest wooden temple, and a very big buddha statue that is housed in it. Surrounded by the pristine Nara Park where the deer roam free. 
    World's largest wooden temple, and a very big buddha statue that is housed in it. Surrounded by the pristine Nara Park where the deer roam free.  more »
  • Todaiji was once one of Japan’s Seven Great Temples and houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha. As one of the main sites of interest in Nara, the Temple was originally built in 752 and is a UNESCO.....  more
    Todaiji was once one of Japan’s Seven Great Temples and houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha. As one of the main sites of interest in Nara, the Temple was originally built in 752 and is a UNESCO.....  more »
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  • The temple is known for having the largest wooden building in the world. It also has one of Japan's greatest Buddha statues. It was originally built during the Nara period but has been rebuilt a few times later on due to various reasons. Buddhism has always been a huge part of culture and heritage in Japan, and this temple has been one of the most important centres for Buddhism in the country for centuries. Deer roam freely around the park as well, meant to be sacred messengers. This temple and the park is one of the best reasons to visit Nara when in the country.
  • Very beautiful, breathtaking temple. However they are not baby stroller friendly at all: if you are a wheelchair user, you have to contact them in order for the wheelchair access to be opened. If you are taking a stroller, you have to carry it all the way up and down, as you are not allowed to use the slope access. So either take your baby carrier or toddler walking, or be ready to carry your heavy stroller in your arms. Also, there’s no place to park it, so it’s 100% carrying it.

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