Toshodaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple that was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin when he came to Japan from China to open a school for Buddhism in 759. Ganji's arrival and teaching of the introduction of Buddhism in Toshodaiji is an important stage in the process of Buddhism in Japan.
This temple is generally founded as a place for Buddhist training and this temple is the first temple in Japan to be devoted to one of the Chinese Buddhist denominations --- namely the Nanzan school.
Today, the temple is regarded as the head temple of Japan's Ritsu-shu denomination of Buddhist teachings.
The first place to explore in the temple is the Toshodaiji's main hall or kondo that was reopened in late 2009 after renovated.
Next is the temple's lecture hall or kodo that was originally an administrative building located in the Nara Imperial Palace and was later moved to Toshodaihji.
The famous wooden statue of Ganjin that stires in Miedo was the next stop and was displayed to the public only once a year around June 6, the anniversary of Ganjin's death. However, there is a replica of the statue and is now permamently displayed to the public.
There are also small paths on the temple grounds where you will find Ganjin's grave.
The temple also has a large bell from the Heian perid, a chapel, sleeping quarters by monks in training and a small treasure house.
By train, from Kintetsu Nara Station, take the Kintetsu Nara Line to Yamato-Saidaiji Station then transfer to Kintetsu Kashihara Line. From there, you can reach the Nishinokyo Station which is 500 meters away from the temple.
You can visit the temple everyday between 8:30AM to 5PM, the entrance doors will be close at 4:30PM/.
The regular fee of the entrance cost 600 yen only and 200 yen fee to enter the treasure house.
For train transportation, the fee usually cost 260 yen from Kintetsu Nara Station.
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