757-2 Horencho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, 630-8113, Japan
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Headless Statues at Gangoji Temple
Sacred deer chow down near a scared shrine
whole fried fish, Nara
Travel Tips for Nara
Who can slip through the column ?
Who-ever is able to slip through this column in one of the temples in Nara would live for 100 years or what-ever, I dont remember what the guide had told us, it was not my size anyway but it was a lot of fun to watch others to slip through.
For me it was facsinating to see such giant trunks of wood that were used in order to build these temples more than 800 years ago without our modern machineries.
Visit the biggest Buddha!
Todaiji (Eastern Great Temple - Kegon School of Buddhism) was rebuilt in 1709 after fire. The Statue is housed in the largest wooden house in the world. It is UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Site as well as Japan's national Treasure. The Buddha is 14.98 m high and it weighs 500 tons.
TODAI-JI: In The Ancient Capital of Japan
The Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha's Hall) of Todai-ji is the largest wooden structure in the world. Due to it's world heritage listing it has become famous world wide and is a must-see for anyone coming to Japan.
Todai-ji contains a number of halls and pavilions other than the Daibutsu-den. Inside the Daibutsu-den you will find the Great Buddha of Nara (cast in the image of Buddha Vairocana). The Great Buddha is 15m tall and weighs 25 tonnes.
Todai-ji was built in 743 A.D under the orders of Emperor Shomu. At that time Nara was the capital of Japan (and it was known as "Heijo", rather than Nara). Todai-ji actually means " a large temple to the east" and Todai-ji is to the east of Nara. The main hall was built to enshrine the Great Buddha. It took 9 years to complete the main hall alone. After that more buildings were continually constructed and it took 40 years to completely construct all of the edifices.
The temple itself has been burnt down twice. Most of what you will see today was reconstructed in the Edo period.
One of the most popular things in Todai-ji seems to be the pillar with a hole at the bottom of it. This pillar is special to Todai-ji. The hole at the bottom is the exact same size as the Great Buddha's nostril. It is said if you can climb through it (therefore through Buddha's nostril) then you will become healthy. Popular with kids and very small adults - I should warn i have seen people get stuck half-way through, only to have to have to go back the way they came. Maybe not so bad, but it will happen with an audience of laughing fellow travellers.
Todai-ji is somewhere every visitor to Japan should visit, if they can.
some more of the great buildings
Once again I dont remember all the interesting details of these wonderful temples because most of the time I was trying to get the best photos from different angles and did not have enough time to always listen to our tourguide. And it was also heavily raining, but at least these temples have a lot of arcades, where you can find shelter and walk easily without getting wet.
Nara, a quick visit
"Nara, a quick visit"
We made a quick stop at Nara since we were on our way to Koya-san. We mainly went to see the Daibutsu and if that's your main goal in Nara it can be done in an short visit.
From Kyoto it's about 40 minutes with the train.
The daibutsu is the biggest bronze cast buddha in the world.
16.2 mtrs high.
completed in the year 749 ad.
The costs of making the temple in wich the daibutsu stands were so high it devastated the economy
"Anual events of Nara"
January 15th: Grass burning festival on Wakakusayama.
February 3rd of 4th and august 14th nd 15th: 'Mantoro ' or lantern festival of the Kasuga shrine.
March 1st - 14th: 'Omizutori' or waterdrawing ceremony of the Todaiji Nigatsudo temple.
March 30th - april 5th: 'Hana-eshiki' or flower offering ceremony of the Yakushiji temple.
May 11th - 12th: 'Takigi noh' open air traditional Noh-performance at the Kofokuji temple.
May 19th: 'Uchiwamaki' or fan throwing festival of the Toshodaiji temple.
December 15th - 18th: 'On-matsuri' festival of the Kasuga shrine