Todaiji Temple (東大寺), situated at a short walking distance from Kofukuji, is probably the most famous Buddhist temple in Nara. The imposing temple and its massive Daibutsuden (The Great Buddha Hall) house one of the largest bronze statues in Japan to honour the Buddha Vairocana. Todaiji Temple is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For some reason, the Sika deer will not venture passed Nandaimon gate.
From Kansai International Airport(KIX) to Nara, the journey is approximately 2 hours, operated from 7:40 am to 9pm. So don't forget to add Nara to your itinerary of visiting places around Osaka!
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After passing Nandaimon gate, it’s a straight path which leads all the way to Daibutsuden.
Everything around this temple is on a bigger scale – huge gates, large buildings and mega ground area. The Daibutsuden looks equally impressive from all angles.
The Healing Buddha
Right outside Daibutsuden is a wooden statue of Binzuru, a disciple of Buddha. The Japanese believe that if you want to cure an illness, rub the part of the statue where the illness is, followed by rubbing the same part on your own body – and you will be cured!
Daibutsuden of Todaiji
We were totally in awe by the sheer scale of the interior of Daibutsuden, and this is only two-thirds the size of the original after being reconstructed in 1709! The bronze statue of the Great Buddha is one amazing sight indeed.
Statues of Bosatsu and the heavenly guardians around Daibutsuden.
406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
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