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Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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Address: 100, Suimoncho, Nara 630-820, Nara Prefecture
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Small Todai-ji museum in Nara, Japan

A small and interesting museum with old statues of religious and historic value. Most of the panels are in Japanese and we did not get an audio guide which seemed to us a little... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

This is a very small museum close to the temple. There are a few artefacts of interest but overall I don't think it's worth a visit.

Thank Danrzr
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This Temple Cultural Centre which locates near to Todaiji Temple is in fact the museum of this temple with many historical and religious statues placed inside. For foreigners, do get the audio set as all descriptions therein are in Japanese. Worth to have a short stay here.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

A small and interesting museum with old statues of religious and historic value. Most of the panels are in Japanese and we did not get an audio guide which seemed to us a little too expensive for the size of the museum. We walked around looking at everything but we wished there were some explanations in English for the tourists.... More 

Thank travelsafer
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Most people will be too busy and distracted by the sika deers around the area that this spot will be missed out

Thank danli6899
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

This cultural center is in the way to Todaiji temple and has many beautiful and majestic statues including one of thousand hand Avalokitesvera.

Thank daikin
Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016

Considering that many people go to Todaiji, the cultural center is less visited, and makes a complete visit of the temple. If you're only interested in the temple, you can skip this center.

Thank Alberto J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015

A great place to visit to see (worship) the awesome Buddha image made of wood. You can feel the tranquility of the temple and the walk on the approach. There is a pillar with a hole in it for you to slip through which I did, but not 40 years later.

1 Thank Sarakit C
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015 via mobile

We visited the Todaiji Temple on our last day in Nara and found it quite interesting. There's plenty of deer walking around on the way to the temple but don't get distracted! When you enter there is an incredibly large Buddha with lots of small Buddhas surrounding him. There is also a stall where you can write down your wish... More 

1 Thank Homelover69
Keswick, Virginia
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

I recommend a visit to the not-to-be-missed cultural center and museum at the Todaiji Temple. It's air-conditioned! Has great restrooms, a gift shop with high quality souvenirs, a sitting area with an interesting video documentary on the temple, a tearoom with Japanese style refreshments (I admit I would have preferred an icy cold Coca Cola on a roasting hot July... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

Incredible place / superstructure / icon of architecture. It is enormous from the outside and from the inside:) The sitting Buddha is a fantastic piece of art and a spiritual icon in the same time.

1 Thank rafollo

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