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Address: 1-1-5 Saidaijishibamachi, Nara 631-0825, Nara Prefecture
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A Quiet Temple Near Nara, Off the Beaten Track

Saidaiji temple is a quiet temple close to Nara. Take the Kintetsu Nara line a couple of stops or the bus from the Nara JR station (see the information map available at the Nara... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2014
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Kawasaki, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Kintestu Yamato Saidaiji station is named after Saidaiji(means West Big Temple) but this Saidaiji is not popular compared to east one i.e Todaiji. It is so close to the station, you can drop in when you have time to kill.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Located in the west of Nara, the “Great Western Temple” mirrors Tōdaiji in the East, though it is the less impressive little brother of the two. Founded in 765, Saidaiji was one of the “7 Great Temples of Nara,” and I was interested to see the foundations of a five-tier pagoda which was lost to fire in 1502 and has... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

Saidaiji temple is a quiet temple close to Nara. Take the Kintetsu Nara line a couple of stops or the bus from the Nara JR station (see the information map available at the Nara Kintetsu station). The temple is a short walk from Saidaiji station. You can buy some delicious, freshly made rice balls (onigiri) in the Saidaiji station or... More 

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2014

It's not that famous like Todaiji Temple or others in Nara, but it tops my list. As a fan of Domoto Tsuyoshi, this is a temple for must go. Walked around 20 mins from bus station, and it's already closed for vising inside. Almost nobody there, and very beautiful with the sunset. Thanks Nara, thanks Saidaji Temple, for bringing up... More 

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