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Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara 630-8211, Nara Prefecture
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Giant Buddha Free Wandering Deer Enough Said

The largest wooden structure in the world. The largest Buddha statue in Japan (I think?). Cute and friendly free-roaming deer that will eat biscuits out of your hand and let you... read more

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The largest wooden structure in the world. The largest Buddha statue in Japan (I think?). Cute and friendly free-roaming deer that will eat biscuits out of your hand and let you pet them. This was a truly awe inspiring place.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing temple that houses the largest statue of Buddha in Japan, which is about 15 meters in height. The name Tōdaiji (東大寺) means the Great Eastern Temple and this is also one of the landmarks of Nara which has been built in 752 as the head temple of all provincial temples of Japan. Another standout of Todaiji is its Buddha... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This temple houses the world's largest bronze Buddha statue and is definitely a sight to see! This temple was destroyed three times before its final reconstruction. The admission is 500 JPY and once inside, you'll find other statues of prominent Japanese figures as well as models of the previous temples. For 100 JPY, you can also light a candle for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Tucked away in the rural area of Nara, comes Todai-ji Temple, home of the Big Buddha. What's amazing here is that they managed to not modernize this place, unlike most temples in Kyoto. There were lots of deers near the entrance too as this is inside Nara Park. If you're around Nara, this place is a must-see.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This massive temple was lovely to visit but was very crowded by the time we arrived mid afternoon. Maybe try visiting in the morning before the crowds. The parks surrounding the temple are full of deer which were the real highlight of Nara.

Thank HolidayKat_86
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Liked it and liked the history but be prepared for a tourist trap, at every turn there's a way to spend more money for little value. Check it out but don't pay extra for anything.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

pretty amazing history a must see in any Nara trip. awesome building and slightly commercial with gift shop but they have a lot of upkeep to maintain.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Awesome temple with some fine, full-sized Buddha statuary. Took the JR Nara line from Kyoto and had a pleasant, meandering walk up through the park to the temple. Very impressive building with, of course, a ton of historical and religious significance. Worth the trip.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This amazing wooden temple filled with important Buddhist statues retains a feeling of spirituality despite the crowds of visitors. The placid Nara deer were very evident. Every tourist should visit here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temple was full of tourists although we arrived after 3PM. Impressively big. A must to visit at Nara. A park with a lot of polite deer. They will bow at you asking for the deer wafer. You can buy a pack of deer wafer for 150¥. I recommend to catch a bus with flat fare 210¥ one way from... More 

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