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Todaiji Temple

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”.

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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.

In 1998, the temple was registered as a World Heritage Site along with Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Kofukuji Temple as "Cultural Properties of the Ancient Capital Nara”.

Highlights

  • 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.

Photos

  • The Great Buddha Hall, one of the largest wooden structures in the world
Photo Credit: Todaiji Temple

    The Great Buddha Hall, one of the largest wooden structures in the world Photo Credit: Todaiji Temple

  • Great Buddha of Nara

    Great Buddha of Nara

  • Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

Reviews

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  • 陳國雲

    大佛殿後方的木柱底下有一個方形小洞,洞的大小據說和大佛的鼻孔一樣,穿過後就會得到菩薩的保佑帶來好運。

  • 張志祥

    殿內的大佛法相莊嚴,加上宏偉的建築,很值得買票進來參觀。

  • 王維娟

    先有大佛後來才蓋世界最大木造建築「大佛殿」,已經有1300百多年歷史。

  • 屋婷婷

    世界上最大的青銅大佛,光重量就達到380噸,而且也有1200年歷史已被列為世界遺產。

  • Shih Shih

    日本奈良古都最具規模寺廟,也是世界上現存最大木造建築物。

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Details

Name in Japanese
東大寺
Postal Code
630-8587
Address
406-1 Zoshicho, Nara City, Nara
Tel
0742-22-5511
Regular holidays
No holidays (open to the public) ※The Todaiji Museum is closed temporarily.
Hours
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
Admission
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
Access
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)