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Todai-ji Temple, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple has served as a central Buddhist temple complex known for its administrative control over provincial temples. Today, it remains a pilgrimage and ritual site for international Buddhism. The main hall, a massive wooden building, contains a 15 m (49.2 ft) bronze statue of the Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas. Check out the onsite museum, which features rotating displays of the temple's collection of religious art and cultural artifacts. Try not to scare the deer roaming the temple grounds, as Shintoism considers them godly messengers. Planning Nara trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • There is a great buddha which is representative of Japan. It is more powerful than you can see in books and tv. It is also a popular place for many tourists.
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  • The place is impressively beautiful. It's worth a visit. It is not a place to go in haste, it must be appreciated calmly.
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  • Huge, beautiful temple. Very relaxing and calm, despite all of the visitors. A humbling space. The deer that live in and around Nara are very cute, as well! Definitely worth the trip if you're staying nearby in Osaka or Kyoto.
  • A beautiful and strikingly large temple. Inside you can find the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world (or at least so I was told). This temple stood out to me compared to other temples because of its size and beauty. You don't necessarily have to go inside and pay an entrance fee, you can also see the temple from a distance at the courtyard before the entry. If you do decide to go inside, there are more opportunities for great pictures and the statue inside is also nice to see.
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