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Reviewed 8 March 2015

situated in the park, a very magical place. You are greeted by deer running free and the delight of squealing happy children. As you walk through the grounds the structure looms ahead.
Steeped in history from the 13th century this is apparently the largest wooden structure in the world, according to our (free) English speaking guide. The original was destroyed twice before during internal wars and the current building is 350 years old. It was rebuilt to only 2/3 of the original and it's still very impressive. It houses a magnificent Buda also huge. Well worth the trip.
Make sure you also enjoy the gardens and the deer!!

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed 5 March 2015

Tōdai-ji temple is something not to miss!

The statues (firstly and mostly the Buddha one, but not only) are imposing for their size but also for the craftsmanship they have been carved with. Their expression are really impressive and you can figure the revering and comforting feelings that these statues must have given centuries ago to Japanese coming here to worship and pray.

The temple is at the end of the Nara park, where, I must admit, we didn't find nothing exceptional in feeding bored and quite pushy deer. But hey, don't worry, after the park you will see the door of the temple and this is just the beginning of an amazing experience!

Date of experience: February 2015
2  Thank Kikka1931
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Reviewed 4 March 2015

I loved the whole Nara experience and the temple was amazing. The size of those statues is breathtaking. Definitive recommendation.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed 3 March 2015

Todaiji Temple is one main favorite place to see in Nara, Japan. Todaiji temple is a budha temple, with a very big budha statue, is located at Nara Park, so after sight seeing this park we can go to this temple.

Ticket fee to entering this temple is 5,000 JPY or about 5$ per person without time limit, but re-entry is not possible.

At the right side before entering the temple, there are a hut that you can drink "blessed water".

There are also lucky charm and you can also get reading from fortune teller. There are also shop at exit coridor that selling accessories about this tample, nara, or japan in general like hello kitty stuff.

Taking photo on this attraction is allowed, but not allowed to use tripod, the best way to get to there are by city loop bus, that single trip cost about 240 yen or about 2$.

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 1 March 2015

I loved Nara -- I paid a day visit there from Osaka; took a rapid train from JR Osaka and it took about 50 minutes. The staff at the tourist center is very helpful. I walked from the JR Nara station up to Todaiji. The day I visited there was a steady downpour all day but that did not detract from the experience at all. It kept the tourist crowd down for sure. The deer that live at Nara Park -- it butts up against Todaiji -- are a hoot. You can buy deer cookies for them, but they do become quite insistent. Temples in Nara are more restrained than many of those in Kyoto, which lends them an air of elegance and quite. Todaiji is massive, as is the Nandai-mon gate just before it. The Great Buddha it houses is enormous. Yet there is something intimate about the atmosphere -- maybe is was the many people who were there to worship, not just visit a tourist attraction. The tourist office suggested a wander up the hills to the east of the temple for a nice view over the area. If the weather hadn't been so atrocious I surely would have done it.

Date of experience: March 2015
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