May 12, 2014

Todaiji Temple 東大寺 , Nara

Todaiji Temple in spring

We reached Nara from Kyoto quite late as we decided to head to Fushimi Inari in the morning before coming here as it's on the way using the JR train from Kyoto station.

As we took the local JR train, it took us almost 75 minutes to reach Nara from the Fushimi Inari station. We stopped at JR Nara station using the JR Nara line. From the station, there is a tourist information where we got our map and information on how to get to Todaiji temple and Nara Park as the JR Nara station is about 45 minutes away. We took the city loop bus no 2 and stopped at  Daibutsuden Kasuga Taisha Mae. The city loop bus is yellow in colour and costs 220 yen, slightly cheaper than the bus ride in Kyoto.

From Daibutsuden Kasuga Taisha stop, we walked along the road and reached the temple in 5 minutes. Before reaching the temple, there are plenty of deer roaming around the park and the temple area. These deer's antler had been cut to prevent them injuring the tourists and you can buy deer biscuit to feed them which costs around 150 yen. As we were in a rush, we did not stopped to buy food for the deer.

People trying to squeeze through the hole in the pillar 

Deer roaming freely in Nara

The wooden gateway

stunning view during spring

Todaiji temple houses one of the largest bronze Buddha in Japan and indeed the temple is one of it's kind as from the outside, it was made from wood giving a very majestic, rustic and vintage feeling.  Once we entered, we can see the giant Buddha but that is not the main attraction. We then heard some loud noises and cheering coming from one corner of the hall and we saw some students cheering at a pillar. Yup, cheering at a pillar as beneath the pillar, there is a hole whereby we saw people crawling through. According to legend, those who can squeeze through can obtained enlightenment. We dare not try as we don't think we can make it through the hole.

Nara sighseeing map from

Entrance fee for Todaiji temple is 500 yen
Opening hours :  
8.00 to 16.30 (Nov to Feb)
8.00 - 17.00 (March)
7.30 - 17.30 (Apr - Sept)
7.30 - 17.00 (Oct)


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