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Tōdai-ji, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Tōdai-ji 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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  • Cathedral, all made entirely of wood, without a single nail. An imposing statue of the Buddha. However the surrounding area is nothing special.
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  • Drive to the visiting NARA for autumn. But the foliage is still seemed. If you're gagging, essential that the great Buddha of todaiji Temple. It touched us let go many times. The generous and appearance of the Buddha a small obsessions is immense. Always crowded with a lot of people, but the shoso-in exhibition held during the autumn, 753 with wash State of IMO. Nowhere else is the same, but more tourists in Korea, China, and here's where? I was feeling.
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  • I was surprised on the excitement from an adult had ever been elementary school, is a great thing! On the size of the big Buddha, is a large building. Views. It was inspiring to all.
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  • An impressive, well preserved piece of history. The inside of the temple is just splendid! I have been inside many Buddhist temples, but this one is just WOW!!The grounds etc are also well kept. Well done Japan!
  • Beautiful place. The temple itself is amazing considering its age. Even if you are not into the religion, do go in and appreciate the building and the mega size statues inside it. Need to pay a fee to get in but I think it is reasonable considering all the work they did to maintain it.
  • Best temple in Japan with Fushimi Inari. The temple is big and there's a huge Buddha inside! I love it. They charge you 500 yens.
  • Impressive sized temple. Worth the effort of getting there. The deer everywhere are very nice also. We had a great time feeding them.
  • One of my favourite spots in Japan! Absolutely fabulous! If you have the possibility, don't hesitate to contact EGG free will guides! They make your day extra special, in return you'll have to spread peace in the world.

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Where to stay in Nara

The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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