The temple was built in the Nara period (710-794) and is registered as a World Heritage Site as a "cultural asset of the ancient capital Nara”.
Temple, World Heritage Site
In the Nara period (710-794), Emperor Shomu had the Rushana Daibutsu (Great Buddha) built at his request, and a memorial service was held in 752. This temple is one of the representative temples of Nara. It took nearly 40 years to build the temple complex. After the capital was moved from Heijo-kyo to Nara, the temple was well protected and prospered. In 1180 in the Kamakura period and again in 1567 in the Edo period, most of the temple buildings including the Daibutsuden were destroyed by fire, but they were restored with the cooperation of many people.
The Daibutsuden, one of the world's largest wooden structures, houses the seated statue of Rushana Butsu, popularly known as the "Great Buddha of Nara'', the oldest building in Todaiji's architecture, Hokkedo (Sangetsudo), and Nandaimon, the largest gate in Japan. The west side of the Shosoin Temple, which has survived two wars and still retains the original architecture of the temple, is also a must-see.
The temple was built in the Nara period (710-794) and is registered as a World Heritage site.
The main image enshrined in the Daibutsuden is the seated statue of Rushana Butsu, popularly known as the "Great Buddha of Nara".
It has many national treasures and important cultural assets, including the Daibutsuden, one of the largest wooden structures in the world.
You can also stop by the museum that introduces the history of Todaiji Temple and its cultural assets such as Buddhist statues and crafts.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara City, Nara
- Regular holidays
- No holidays (open to the public) ※The Todaiji Museum is closed temporarily.
Opening Hours: Daibutsuden (Hall of the Great Buddha): 7:30am-5:30pm (April-October), 8:00am-5:00pm (November-March); Hokkedo and Senteido: 8:30-16:00 (April-October), 9:30am-5:30pm (November-March); Todaiji Museum: 9:30am-5:00pm
*last entry 30 minutes before closing
Adults (junior high school students and older): 600 yen, Elementary school students: 300 yen *Admission fees are required for Daibutsuden, Hokkedo (Sangetsudo), Kaidan-in Senju-do, and Todaiji Museum.
Adults (junior high school students and older): 1,000 yen, elementary school students: 400 yen
1) JR Yamato Line and Kintetsu Nara Line Nara Station from the city loop bus "Todaiji Temple, Daibutsu-den, Kasuga Taisha-mae", 5 minutes walk
2) Kintetsu Nara Line Nara Station from Nara Station (Omiya-dori route and Nara Park route) "Daibutsu-den-mae Garage", get off
3) 20 minutes walk from Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)