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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. Tōdai-ji is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Nara Edition.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This place makes for a great family visit- there's a little bit of something for everyone. If you're into nature, there's a beautiful lake walking up to the temple where you can try to spot the carp a...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    There is a little bit of a walk from the train station to this temple, but the surrounding areas, the park,the budha and the fact that there were lots of deer roaming around and getting really close t...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Here should be not be deterred by the crowds, as the crowds at the temple well runs and don't mind. Also, there are occasional seating, to work on themselves. I would not be able to feed the deer/deer because they are very greedy and pushy.
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  • July 12, 2017
    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!
  • April 7, 2017
    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.
  • July 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2017
    Impressive sized temple. Worth the effort of getting there. The deer everywhere are very nice also. We had a great time feeding them.
  • April 7, 2017
    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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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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