Todaiji Temple is a World Heritage Site that houses Japan's largest statue of Buddha. Todaiji Temple (Nara) is largest wooden building in the world.

Todaiji Temple, also known as the Eastern Great Temple, houses Japan's largest statue of Buddha and the world's largest bronze statue of Buddha. In 1998 Todaiji Temple was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" listing. Todaiji Temple is the largest wooden building in the world and one of the most famous Japanese Temples, which also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism.
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Great Budda Hall (Daibutsuden) Todaiji Temple

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Great Budda Hall - Daibutsuden

Great Budda Hall - Daibutsuden has been rebuilt twice after fire. The current Great Budda Hall - Daibutsuden building was completed in 1709 and although it is the largest wooden building in the world, it is actually 30% smaller than its predecessor. The Great Budda Hall is approximately 57m long and 50m wide. The original complex also contained two 100 m pagodas, probably the tallest buildings in the world at the time. These were destroyed by an earthquake. The picture above shows what the Todaiji Temple complex looked like with the two 100m high pagodas.

Daibutsu - The Great Buddha Todaiji Temple

Daibutsu - The Great Buddha

In 743, Emperor Shomu issued a law that the people should make a Buddha to protect themselves. He believed in Buddha's power could help the people. The Great Buddha itself was designed by an artist from the Korean Baekje Kingdom. According to the records kept by the temple, nearly 2,600,000 in total helped construct the Buddha and the hall, which means nearly the half of the people in Japan at that time where involved. The Buddha was completed in 751, having consumed most of Japan's bronze production for several years and leaving the country almost bankrupt. The statue has been recast several times since for various reasons including earthquake damage.

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The size of the Buddha
Total height : 30 meters
Sitting height : 14.98 meters
Face : 5.33 meters
Eyes : 1.02 meters
Nose : 0.5 meter
Ears : 2.54 meters
Weight : 500 metric tonnes

Todaiji Temple Tours

Organised guided tours are available in English to the Todaiji Temple. These day tours are from Kyoto and can include Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Kasuga Shrine and Deer Park.

Todaiji Temple Tours Options
Kyoto and Nara Day Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Todaiji
Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji, Deer Park, Kasuga ShrineTodaiji Temple History

Todaiji Temple Transport

10 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara station
15 minutes walk from JR Nara station



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