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Facts & Figures

The Todai-ji Temple ("Great Eastern Temple") is one of the historical most important temples in Japan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is housing with 14.98m height the largest bronze Buddha statue (Daibutsu) in Japan. The weight of the statue is nearly 500 tonnes. The main hall of the temple complex is called Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall). Best Ryokans in NaraExplore Ryokans in Nara
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It is the world's largest wooden building even what you see today is just two thirds of the original size (reconstructed from 1692 - 1709).

  • Daibutsuden Hall:
  • Opening Hours - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Nov - Feb)
  • Opening Hours - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mar)
  • Opening Hours - 7:30 am to 5:30 pm (Apr - Sep)
  • Opening Hours - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm (Oct)
  • Admission Fee - 500 yen
  • Todaiji Museum:
  • Opening Hours - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (Nov - Feb)
  • Opening Hours - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Mar)
  • Opening Hours - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Apr - Sep)
  • Opening Hours - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Oct)
  • Admission Fee - 500 yen (Todaiji Museum), 800 yen (Todaiji Museum + Daibutsuden)

History

The Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) was finally completed in 752. The opening ceremony attended more than 10 000 people. The main hall was destroyed twice by fire in its history. The last reconstruction took place in 1709. The Todaiji Temple is till today the Japanese headquarter of the Kegon school of Buddhism.

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The Todai-ji Temple complex is located in the nothern part of the Nara Park.

How to get to Todai-ji Temple?

  • 35min from JR Nara Station served by Yamatoji, Nara, Gakkentoshi, Sakurai Line
  • 30min from Kintetsu Nara Station served by Nara and Kyoto Line

Sightseeing spots

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Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) - this huge wooden construction is an impressive sight

Big Buddha (Daibutsu) - nearly 2.6 Mio. people helped to construct the statue and the hall, a must-see destination on your Japan trip

Nandaimon Gate - large wooden gate (designated national treasure)

Todaiji Museum - opened in 2011, on display are cultural treasures and religious art

Nara Park - enjoy the red deer there:)

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

March

Omizutori Festival (1st - 14th)
This Japanese Buddhist festival dates back 1000 years. Priests at the Todaiji Temple perform rituals (called Shuni-e) for 14 days. They pray for world peace, rich harvest and confess their sins. A very special event during these 14 days is Otaimatsu. Priests running with huge pine torches through corridors of the Nigatsu-do Hall. It is said that if you get hit by these fire sparks no evil thing will harm you. Dont miss out the Omizutori ceremony on the 13th of March. Water is being collected by priests infront of the Todaiji Temple. It is believed this water has the power to cure diseases.

August

Toka-ye Lantern Festival (5th - 14th)
Thousands of candles are lit everywhere in Nara between 7:00 pm and 9:45 pm. Enjoy this special atmosphere in the Nara Park, temples and gardens.

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