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Toshodaiji Temple

Nara, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-33-7900
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Peaceful Temple

This temple is part of the Unesco World Heritage temple site in Nara, however, it is less busy and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Amy B
London, United Kingdom
Historic and ancient site without crowds

We visited this site having been to Todaji Temple and the Kusaga Taisha Shrine. These other sites... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Perth, Australia
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Nara, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-33-7900

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This temple is part of the Unesco World Heritage temple site in Nara, however, it is less busy and far more peaceful than some of the other sites, so worth a visit.

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this site having been to Todaji Temple and the Kusaga Taisha Shrine. These other sites were quite crowded and it was very pleasant to be able to take our time to enjoy these monuments without hundreds of others. This site has a number...More

Thank LuckyTravelerRonaldo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view from outside is amazing, especially on a sunny day. The inside has big buddhas and nice decorations as well. The souvenirs sold in the temples are lovely and cheaper than what you get from outside. Grab some from the temple if you want...More

Thank Enoch W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Earliest Buddhist temple and shrine complex from 758 AD in a lovely forest setting. Easy to get to via Kintetsu train from Nara with one train change, about 20-30 minutes. Combine with a visit to Craft complex on other side of the tracks and visit...More

Thank Cal_Travel_Lover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For all the temples I have visited in our two trips to Japan, Toshodaiji Temple is the most impressionable, the peacefulness and serenity was all around me. We went very late in the forenoon and was very quiet.

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great temple!!! After 3 weeks Japan and hundreds of temples.....this temple made a real impression on me , both because of the size of the temple and because of the enormous Buddha. Don't miss this temple

Thank Lideke v
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Unbelievable Buddhist art that you cannot imagine. Impressive stunning works and buildings where you could spend all day. And free tea!! Don't go at the weekend it's heaving with people and try to get there as it opens, a bit early but well worth the...More

Thank Isabella O
Reviewed 21 May 2017

A vast and spacious area with imposing views and a lot of greenery around. Makes one feel in tune with nature.

Thank Seah R
Reviewed 7 May 2017

A must do while in Nara. Is a nice walk to get there and you pass parks and many deers to feed on the way

Thank aussietoday
Reviewed 30 April 2017

As with other temples this one is impressive for its restoration, size and beauty of construction, as well as its history.

Thank Olli S
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Ali A
Hi, I'm planning a trip to Toshodai-ji in May. I'm just trying to work out how long do I need to see this temple?
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
Is this Temple open on April 29th, Shōwa Day?
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!