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Toshodaiji Temple

Nara, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-33-7900
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Worth a Visit if You're In the Nishinokyo Area (SW Nara)

Toshodaiji was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
inger_ted
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Richmond, Canada
Toshodaiji is a Buddhist temple of the Risshu sect in a quiet surroundings.

It was founded in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen during the Nara period. Jianzhen... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2018
DrJayMic
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Tokyo, Japan
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Nara, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toshodaiji was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor in order to train priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. Ganjin's influence in the introduction & teaching of Buddhism to Japan was monumental. Toshodaiji roughly translates...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

It was founded in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen during the Nara period. Jianzhen was hired by the newly empowered clans to travel in search of funding from private aristocrats as well. This place is worth visiting to understand the Buddism. We...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

At the Nara park there are many temples, but this one is really the must visit. The building is very nice, big wooden columns, a huge Buddha and worriers.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

This temple is located away from the main Nara Park area, so much less visitors. The helpful lady at the Tourist Center told us how to take the bus to get here. It took a little bit of time; if you're tight on time, the...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Toshodaiji temple is the crown jewel of Nara. Breathtaking and worthwhile a trip if you are in Kyoto or Osaka.

1  Thank TX2005
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

One of many temples in Nara, probably not worth a separate trip but good to see when you are visiting other more famous temples in Nara.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Beautiful classic architecture and a site to behold. Gorgeous structure with important history if you're a history buff! Worth the visit!

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

One of the Very historical temple in Nara. Very good Togo for a walk and understand its history. Must buy some crackers to feed deers. It is really fun.

Thank J*Ck Tsao E
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

The building is beautiful. The main sculptures are moving. Recommended. The time to spend here is brief, but well worth it.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

As it juts out of the cliff, the view of the outlying grounds are remarkable. It is a nice walk around the grounds as well with lots of photo opportunities throughout.

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Ali A
12 April 2015|
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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
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Ian M
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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!
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