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Toshodaiji Temple

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Address: Nara, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-33-7900
08:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:30

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Nice walk during through out the cold day

As we were told that we need to let our body pass the hole of the pillars - and we did it !! They said it's good for your heath and luck ! Miss you my dears :)

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2017
Kritsada B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

As we were told that we need to let our body pass the hole of the pillars - and we did it !! They said it's good for your heath and luck ! Miss you my dears :)

Thank Kritsada B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

In the quiet town of Nara (Eastern most city of the Silk Road), this is one of many beautiful temples and shrines which have been so well-preserved and yet so many do not see as it is outside of the major Japanese cities. Such a nice, peaceful escape with beautiful architecture.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Toshodai-ji is a nice temple complex off the beaten track. There are some reviewers understandibly confusing this with Todai-ji, which is in Nara Park. It is not very touristic but still a very nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

You would learn about how Buddist were touch in Japan in accient time. You also would visit the hall for Tokugawa line's respectation, monument of the famous haiku poetist, Basho, enjoy the manificent atmostphere while visit the orriginal shire... The three great Budda and Botatsu statues was recovered from the Nara period. Such a beautiful place for both knowing about... More 

1 Thank PH J
Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

It's very relaxing here. Not many tourists come here. Theres a lake towards the back right corner of the lake premises thats surrounded by beautiful tall trees. Its very beautiful there. Unlike anything else in nara. Also, it's away from the deer, who became more of a menace for me than an attraction by the end of the day. They... More 

1 Thank Pulkita P
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Toshodaiji was famous for the Monk who travelled all the way from mainland China to Japan in Tang Dynasty of ancient China. The temple has decent gardens with all kinds of flowers, especially the famous flow tree the Monk brought to Japan. If you have plenty of time to spend in Nara, this will be a nice place to visit.... More 

1 Thank FranceloverX
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit if you make a day of it, there's lots of temples and the park to walk through with the deer -this was a favourite for our group

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This is not a big exabition, but has some magnificent statues from 11bc, including sculpures ohf the 12 imortal monks, who showd expression never portrated in these times. SHORT, CHEAP & AIRCON

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We enjoyed this temple - it is huge and fun to wiggle through the hole in the large supporting beam.

Thank rossmcb
Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Very busy at the end of the day but it's worth it. Beautiful Buda and building. The park around it is also very beautiful and if it's not too hot, walk around.

Thank GiNaissance

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