Todaiji or otherwise called as the Great Eastern Temple is one of Japan's famous and historical temples. Its main hall called Daibutsuden (Big Buddha hall), the world's largest wooden building, houses a 15-meter bronze statue of Buddha in Japan. Imagine how big it is, its open hand alone is as tall as a human.
It was constructed in 752 as the head of all Buddhist temples in the provincial Japan.
Another popular attraction is a wooden pillar with a hole on its base, which is as big as the Buddha's nostril. It is believed that those who can get through the hole will be granted enlightenment in their next life.
There is also a newly-built museum that exhibits the temple's large collection of religious art and cultural treasures, including large Buddhist statues.
You can also feed some deers from the nearby Nara Park with shika senbei, 150-yen special crackers for these gentle deers.
From Tokyo, you can ride bullet train from Tokyo station to JR Nara Station. From there, you can ride a bus to Todaiji Daibutsuden, and stroll for 5-10 minutes to get to Todaiji's main building.
The main hall is open from 8:00 am-4:30 pm (November to January); 8:00 am-5:00 pm during March; 7:30 am-5:30 pm from April to September, and 7:30 am to 5:00 pm during the month of October. It has a 500-Yen entrance fee.
Todaiji Museum opens 9:30 am until the main hall closes. It has a 500-Yen entrance fee; and 800 Yen for both Museum and Daibutsuden hall.
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