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Toshodaiji Temple

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Awesome Inspiring Place

Prepare to walk, but then you’ll see spectacular buildings and views. Don’t miss the garden. Easy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lehighton, Pa
Well worth the walk

One of the best temples I have seen in Japan. When I was there a wedding took place, so is very... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Nigel R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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All reviews lecture hall tang dynasty remote location former palace lots of history world heritage main hall nice walk worth a visit big buddha nara park wooden building monk emperor temple sect outskirts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Prepare to walk, but then you’ll see spectacular buildings and views. Don’t miss the garden. Easy access from train station by public bus.

1  Thank ABEFlyer
Reviewed 8 October 2018

One of the best temples I have seen in Japan. When I was there a wedding took place, so is very much still active. Tends to be busy as is n the must do list

Thank Nigel R
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Largest wooden building, huge timber arches, big Buddha- truly awesome when you try to come to grips with the tasks of building these. It is a very popular site so patience is required but worth it.

Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Its a lot bigger than I expected, it was busy but it did not feel busy because of the amount of space, make sure you take a look at the replica models inside the temple and talk to the volunteer guides inside the temple.

Thank Leila R
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Well worth a visit. Quite a bit of interest apart from the large Buddha. A beautiful temple and you stroll through a lovely park to get there.

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 4 August 2018

another must visit temple while you are in Nara and walking around in the Nara park. Worth spending some time reflecting and contemplating

Thank Aba1968
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Toshodaiji is just the behind the Yakushiji but the contrast of the 2 temple are totally different . It is worth to visit 2 temple together .Especially one can enjoy walking around the garden with more greens than Yakushiji. One can combine the 2 temples...More

1  Thank kayoko t
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Toshodaiji was founded in the year 759 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 & teaching of Buddhism to Japan was monumental. Toshodaiji roughly translates...More

1  Thank inger_ted
Reviewed 4 May 2018

It was founded in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen during the Nara period. Jianzhen was hired by the newly empowered clans to travel in search of funding from private aristocrats as well. This place is worth visiting to understand the Buddism. We...More

Thank DrJayMic
Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

At the Nara park there are many temples, but this one is really the must visit. The building is very nice, big wooden columns, a huge Buddha and worriers.

1  Thank Matthias F
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Ali A
12 April 2015|
Response from xlcapris | Reviewed this property |
if travelling from nara jr station by bus 20 min each way. you could walk around in 30 min but don't rush ,,,,,,take your time so about 1-1.5 hrs should be fine
Ian M
31 January 2015|
Response from hakiko_5 | Reviewed this property |
Their website is saying they are opening on all the day, so you will be alright. However, they close at 17:00 (you need to get a ticket by 16:30). Hope you have a great trip!