Toshodai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Soudamini Mohapatra
    Bengaluru, India1,181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Buddhist Temple
    Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple, established in 759 AD. It's original structure is still intact and very well preserved. It was founded by a Chinese priest who was invited by the Emperor of Japan to establish Buddhism
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
  • Zenmaster777
    New Delhi, India91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clean and well preserved.
    Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple was established in 700 AD. The temple, made of wood, stands well preserved till today. It's very clean. The gardens are vast, green and speechlessly clean. The deer are very tame. The only downer is the commercial aspect of the shops and the market around. Which is to be expected.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 May 2024
  • MichaelLindaG
    Highbridge, United Kingdom449 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    Visited Nara City just to see this Buddest Temple, it is without doubt one of ghe most impressive structures I have seen considering its age. It is massive, as you approach it you are filled with wounder. We worth the effort, although a bit crowded and a lack of respect from some of the tourists given this is a holy temple dedicated to Buddha.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2024
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MichaelLindaG
Highbridge, UK449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Visited Nara City just to see this Buddest Temple, it is without doubt one of ghe most impressive structures I have seen considering its age. It is massive, as you approach it you are filled with wounder. We worth the effort, although a bit crowded and a lack of respect from some of the tourists given this is a holy temple dedicated to Buddha.
Written 7 June 2024
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Zenmaster777
New Delhi, India91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple was established in 700 AD. The temple, made of wood, stands well preserved till today. It's very clean. The gardens are vast, green and speechlessly clean. The deer are very tame. The only downer is the commercial aspect of the shops and the market around. Which is to be expected.
Written 11 May 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India1,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple, established in 759 AD. It's original structure is still intact and very well preserved. It was founded by a Chinese priest who was invited by the Emperor of Japan to establish Buddhism
Written 25 April 2024
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zuni P
Lagunitas, CA727 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
A bit out of town but you can get a bus at train/bus station. It’s a lovely temple and there was a row of blooming plums which made me really feel I was here during cherry season
Great pagodas
If you give yourself 2 days here you can see a lot
Written 7 March 2023
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Arthur L
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Beautiful temples situated in nice quiet and beautiful wooded areas with well preserved ancient statues in natural states. Another thing worth mentioning is it is not crowded with visitors like other more centrally located temples.
Written 23 December 2022
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JEFUHO
Texas316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
NARA is great.
All the beautiful temples and grounds with the deer are awesome to see.
Use the circle line bus to get around.
Autumn is good time to visit.
Written 1 March 2020
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Shenen W
Santa Clara, CA68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Beautiful historical Temple. World Heritage Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu in the city of Nara. Good place to visit. Take short walk through park to the temple. The park has lots of deers. Good for kids to feed them, beware of some deers are so aggressive.
Written 1 January 2020
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terrythy
Bristol, UK239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you haven't visited Kyoto's temple districts or want to see temples without the crowds in and around Kyoto, or you'd like to see more temples, and you're in Nara overnight, Yakushi-ji and Toshodai-ji Temples are only a few minutes walk apart and only 20 minutes by bus from Kintetsu-Nara station.
Busses number 72, 78 and 98 provide three connections per hour from Kintetsu Nara Station (20 minutes, 260 yen) and JR Nara Station (15 minutes, 260 yen) and stop right outside Toshodaiji Temple. From there it's only a quick 5 minute walk to Yakushi-ji Temple along narrow roads.
The fees to enter are amongst the most exorbitant in Japan, but considering the fewer number of tourists and the price of upkeep of such large sites, it's not too surprising that the entrance is currently 10 US without inclusion of the treasure hall.
Once you consider the journey time, plus restrictive photography, few people will give these temples any time or good reviews because these temples will leave people disappointed. It took ten years to renovate the main hall which has been open to the public for ten years since 2009.

The point of this temple complex is it's place in Buddhist history. In that it was founded by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor in order to train priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. Ganjin's influence in the introduction of Buddhism to Japan was monumental, and his arrival and teaching at Toshodaiji (which roughly translates to "temple of the one invited from Tang China") were important stages in that process.

However, if the negatives didn't put you off and you like all Japanese temples and have half a day to spare, then this slice of mid 8th century world heritage architecture is nice in the mornings before any crowds and tour groups can get here.
Written 22 December 2019
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Tracy P
Hong Kong, China656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
It’s actually located in Nara city, not far away but not well known by foreign tourists. The temple is simple old and the environment is original without extra decoration. If you are Chinese or understand the History of Tang Dynasty, you may like the story of the temple establisher, a Chinese monk, how to pass through the ocean from China to Japan in 12 years and advocated Buddhism in Japan. Highly recommend this temple where is world heritage site.
Written 5 November 2019
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Steven S
Beijing, China49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We travelled there by subway/train from Nara. It is a little confusing and requires a transfer, but the men working the platforms at Japanese train stations are so darn helpful!

This temple was a bit of a hike from the train station, but Google maps never let us down. We actually wandered through some rice terraces to get there and it ended up being a bit of an adventure.

We were rewarded when we got there. Most of the temples in and around the Nara deer park are expensive and crowded. This one was a quiet and peaceful place to wander around.

I would recommend this one over the nearby Yakushi-ji temple.
Written 30 October 2019
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