The giant temple is very beautiful and you only can feel is peace. Here are lots of deers around and please be careful cuz the deers will come to you for feeding them.
I would love to have visited here when it was quiet but as it was we were surrounded by school parties, many of whom seem to have been tasked with talking to English people and asking them specific questions, which was a bit of fun. The temple is huge and houses a massive Buddha cast in bronze, but because of... More
We were lucky to hook up with an English speaking Japanese guide who made the whole Nara experience very enjoyable and informative. The temple was awesome, they really know how to build a wooden structure in Japan. There were thousands of schoolchildren there on field trips and they made the experience all the more enjoyable because they are all so... More
If possible, try to go with a guide who can explain the signifcance of some of the architecture and carvings. Certainly a popular stop for tourists and understandably why. I enjoyed my stay in Nara!
Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple in the western outskirts of present day Nara City (but in the central part of Nara when it was capital more than 12 centuries ago). The temple was founded by a Chinese Buddhist monk named Jianzhen (Ganjin, by Japanese pronunciation) during the Nara period in the year 759. Please, fellow travelers, this temple is not... More
Such an awesome sight - very humbling. Very worthwhile supporting the preservation of this temple and the ongoing work for children with disabilities who are often unseen in our communties. About 1250 years ago, Emperor Shomu built the Great Buddha (vairocana Buddha) for the prosperity not only of human beings but of animals and plants as well. His consort Empress... More
it's on the west side of JR Nara St, proposed access by bus which directly stops in front of the temple, the main attraction is the huge Buddha statues in the main building
No idea why I love this temple so much. It's not the largest, most famous, most colorful or anything. But the spirit of the place is so palpably alive...I've had wonderful experiences both times I went, years apart.
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