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Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211, Nara Prefecture
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Really big Buddha

If you have to choose one thing in Nara, go here. Buddha is small, compared to the reclining Buddha in Bangkok, but huge for Japan. :-)

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have to choose one thing in Nara, go here. Buddha is small, compared to the reclining Buddha in Bangkok, but huge for Japan. :-)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with our friends and one year old son. It is definitely not as busy as the sites in Kyoto so that was good for us. It is a little more difficult with a stroller because of the steps but doable with a little stroller. The Buddha was impressive. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was so impressed by my visit here-- the Todai-ji Temple houses the largest existing statue of Buddha. Located in Nara Park, you are greeted by an overwhelming number of deer (I wasn't quite prepared for how many and how comfortable they are approaching you). The temple itself is beautiful and I highly recommend having a translator or guided tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The approach to the main shrine passes through the massive gate which is itself and architectural wonder. But once inside the main hall everything else pales in comparison to the gigantic statues.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of the best temple we have visited in Japan. The wooden structure was huge. We came all the way from Kyoto and just visited this temple. It is so worth it. Make sure you crawl through the hole in the large pole inside the temple for good luck.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited here while in Nara on a beautiful and hot day, the outside of the temple is lovely but we had no idea of the size of this statue till we got inside, the Buddha is absolutely enormous. It is really hard to understand the scale from the photos but you should definitely go and enjoy this if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was excited to see all the deer in Nara but was a bit hesitant to visit the temples. As a Catholic, I am a bit doubtful that the temples and the huge statues of Buddha would appeal to me. Surprisingly, it was the most memorable part of the trip for me! The grounds of Todai-ji Temple is huge and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the top sights in Nara and for good reason. An amazing building of historical importance and the inside and surroundings were impressive too. There were renovations out the front when we went but the inside was still well worth the trip. Be prepared for lots of tourists but the size of the place means it won't be crowded.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Loved this temple. It was one of my top 3 favorites in Japan. Large grounds, impressive structure. Lots of photo ops or just take in the atmosphere. I would have booked a tour or had a guide to learn more as there isn't much in English to inform you of the history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the most famous temple in nara, since kokufuji is also in renovation so we only come to this place. before reach this temple you will be welcomed by many deers around the park. imho, the deers is the highlight of our trip to nara since there's a lot of them.. the temple itself have some interesting statue inside, since im... More 

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