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If you travel to Nara you shouldn't miss Todaiji Temple. Walking from the park, where deer wander around, through the Nandaimon gate to the Temple buildings, you will be amazed by the architecture and craftsmanship. The buildings are constructed mainly from timber, and although not...More
Fairly extensive complex, but gives a real feel for traditional semi-residential Japanese arcitecture. Left wondering how we could incorporate the simplicity and tranquility of the designs into our lives.
The Great Buddha Hall in Todai-ji Temple, which accommodates the awe-inspiring largest bronze Buddha statue in the world, is a must see in Nara!! It's incredible that the original hall was 50% bigger than the current hall made in 17th century!! However, before seeing the...More
This really is a must see in Nara. Coming from the park, then walking through the Nandaimon gate, you are faced with the outer walls of Toda-ji temple. Going inside you'll find the majestic temple - and although only 2/3 the size of the original...More
We took a JR train from Osaka to Nara for a day trip to this area, which is unarguably one of our best days in Japan.
The walking tour recommended by lonely planet worked out well (see page 380 if you have access to one)...More
Inside Todaiji is one of the worlds largest Buddha statues. This one called Vairocana Buddha is 15m high, your ticket to the temple gives some astounding statistics about the statue. It is cast in bronze and plated in gold. It was consecrated in 752. The...More