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Toshodaiji Temple

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Huge temple and compound

The temple is a bit far from the Nara center to walk and Kintetsu station but you can get there by... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bangkok, Thailand
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Peaceful and beautiful

Went in January and it was pretty much empty! Got to enjoy the surroundings and beautiful buildings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lausanne, Switzerland
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All reviews lecture hall tang dynasty remote location former palace love history lots of history main hall nice walk worth a visit big buddha nara park wooden building monk temple emperor sect outskirts
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The temple is a bit far from the Nara center to walk and Kintetsu station but you can get there by bus. The temple was huge and there are a few other buildings in the compound. It will take a bit of time to cover...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went in January and it was pretty much empty! Got to enjoy the surroundings and beautiful buildings and gardens peacefully. I can only recommend seeing this magical place.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another one of Japans very neat and impressive temples. While you cannot go in, it is a very good temple to get photos of

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Livetotravel747
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Prepare to walk, but then you’ll see spectacular buildings and views. Don’t miss the garden. Easy access from train station by public bus.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ABEFlyer
Reviewed 8 October 2018

One of the best temples I have seen in Japan. When I was there a wedding took place, so is very much still active. Tends to be busy as is n the must do list

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nigel R
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Largest wooden building, huge timber arches, big Buddha- truly awesome when you try to come to grips with the tasks of building these. It is a very popular site so patience is required but worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jackiew185
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Its a lot bigger than I expected, it was busy but it did not feel busy because of the amount of space, make sure you take a look at the replica models inside the temple and talk to the volunteer guides inside the temple.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank leileireid
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Well worth a visit. Quite a bit of interest apart from the large Buddha. A beautiful temple and you stroll through a lovely park to get there.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Allan S
Reviewed 4 August 2018

another must visit temple while you are in Nara and walking around in the Nara park. Worth spending some time reflecting and contemplating

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Aba1968
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Toshodaiji is just the behind the Yakushiji but the contrast of the 2 temple are totally different . It is worth to visit 2 temple together .Especially one can enjoy walking around the garden with more greens than Yakushiji. One can combine the 2 temples...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank kayoko t
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Ali A
12 April 2015|
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
Ian M
1 February 2015|
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!