A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple has served as a central Buddhist temple complex known for its administrative control over provincial temples. Today, it remains a pilgrimage and ritual site for international Buddhism. The main hall, a massive wooden building, contains a 15 m (49.2 ft) bronze statue of the Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas. Check out the onsite museum, which features rotating displays of the temple's collection of religious art and cultural artifacts. Try not to scare the deer roaming the temple grounds, as Shintoism considers them godly messengers. Planning Nara trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
Tours To Todai-ji Temple
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Kyoto BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $147
Duration: 11 hours
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $176
Duration: 11 hours
Todai-ji Temple Reviews
I was there during rainy weather, but it is not a big problem. In the near shops it is possible to buy cheap transparent umbrella and go sightseeing ;-). Todai-Ji Temple is located in the big park... more »
Nara, Japan was not a place I expected to be much of a highlight in Japan amongst Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. However, Nara Park was one of the greatest city parks I've ever been to. The abundant... more »
A remarkable piece of history - although not the original; but you do discover most of the ancient relics in Japan are replicas. I did still feel humbled when we went inside. The biggest Buddha I ever did see greeted us within his shrine. I was expecting the temple to be larger - there may be more to see in the museum and gallery part.
The Great Buddha Hall in Nara is incredible, and serves as the perfect capstone to a day meandering the trails and befriending the deer. If you are travelling with a child, they can pass through a hole in one of the wooden pillars - said to be the same size as the nostril of the giant Buddha statue, you are granted good luck if you can squeeze (sneeze?) through. Even if you have no particular affinity for Buddhism or history, the sheer scale of the building is certain to impress.
Plan your trip to Nara
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Nara
Hidden gems in Nara
See all ›
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Nara
Plans to Todai-ji Temple by other users
16 days in Japan & South Korea BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in Asia BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 54 days in Africa & Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium