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Private Full-Day Nara Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle
"Using the Charter Bus and Limousine service you can continue your trip to these historical places after your Osaka City visit without the trouble of changing your hotel.Tour route is flexible and can be arranged upon request.Recommended spots:Todai Temple - The head tem200 years and its Buddha Hall is the largest wooden agricultural masterpiece in the world.Nara Park - You can see groups of deer playing in the park. They are protected as National Conservation animal owed to its connection with the legend of whi a nobility member in order to offer sacrifice to the Guardian deity of the city and people.Yakushi Temple - Constructed by Emperor Tenmu in the late 7th century for the recovery of the emperor's sick wife. There are a lot of visitors from all over the world every""Nara City is the old capital city of Japan and the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism because of which a lot of Buddhist temple was built and many of them are now well conserved as World Heritage.
From JPY87,663.00
 
"Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple
"Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Osaka""Depart Osaka and travel by JR rail to Kyoto where you'll join your tour of Nara. Board the coach and drive less than 1 hour from Kyoto to explore some of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites with your guide.Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784. Visit the 8th-century Todaiji Temple one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. In its huge precincts you’ll find various national treasures of Japan. The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) is one of the world's largest wooden buildings
From JPY10,200.00
 
"Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto
"Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto Nara and Kobe from Osaka""You will be picked up at either Umeda (8:40am) or Namba (9am). Upon arrival at Arashiyama you will tour the Arashiyama district located in the Western part of Kyoto. This area becomes most attractive around early April and late November when the cherry blossoms bloom and fall color seasons usually peak. During the summer months traditional cormorant fishing is practiced on the Hozu River for tourists to watch. One highly recommended spot is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. It is a pleasantly cool 100m long walkway that begins from the side of the world heritage Tenryuji Temp you will have lunch at a buffet of filled with an assortment of  60 Kyoto dishes.After lunch you will tour the Kinkaku-ji temple. Kinkaku
From JPY12,176.00

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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.

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Toshioohsako
Dec 13, 2010

Famous Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan

This is in Todaiji Temple (in English it’s called Great East Temple), they say it’s one of the seven big temples in Nara. A placard is displayed right on the temple of Todajii and it reads that this started about the year 745.
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Hi VT’ers, In the event the letterings or the prints on the photo is not too clear to read it, allow me to re-type it for those of you that maybe interested to read and learn more about this miniture photo.
“This is a reconstruction of the original temple areal of Todai-ji on the scale of 1 to 50 . A group of specialists lead by Shun’ichi Amanuma, a doctor of engineering made this model during the Taisho period (1912-26) on the basis of old documents including Todaji-ji Digent”) or Shoso-in Monjo) . One can see that the Daibutsu-den of those days was wider than the current bldg. and moreover, that there were two pagodas to the east and west that reaches a hundred meter in height”.

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listenandlearn
Jul 18, 2010

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple is by far the most famous and most-visited site in Nara! For many it's worth the trip just to see the Daibutsu (Buddha statue), which is the largest in Japan, but there are many other equally impressive features of the temple.

It was first built in 762 as the head Buddhist temple in all of Japan and flourished during the years when Nara (Heijo-kyo) was the nation's capital. In fact, the capital was actually moved due to the growing power of local Buddhist temples, with Todaiji being one of the most powerful and influential. In order to maintain control, the Imperial Court moved their capital to Nagaoka and then to Kyoto and temples were not allowed to be built close to the city center for many years.

From the gate to the temple, Todaiji is an amazing place that has certainly earned its status as one of Japan's top attractions!

Entrance is 500 yen.

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Rabbityama
Jul 13, 2010

Temple-guards of the Buddha-hall

The giant temple-guards of Todaji Temple
are looking very grim in order to protect the temple against bad spirits and ghosts and in my last photograph you can see the giant size of them against the small tourists passing by them while entering the temple: these wooden sculptures date back to the year 1199 and are about 8,5 meters high.
In my 2nd photo : the temple-guard is standing on the head of a bad creature

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May 31, 2010
 
 
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The octagonal lantern

The octagonal lantern of Todaiji Temple
is 4,62 meters high and dates back to the 8th century. It is considdered a national treasury of Japan and part of the Unesco World-heritage of Nara.
In my 4th photo: a vase inside the temple
and my 5th photo : one of the large pillars holding the whole construction of the wooden building.

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globetrott
May 31, 2010

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.

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May 31, 2010

Great Buddha hall

The big Buddha-Hall of Todaji Temple
dates back to the year 1708 and is considdered to be the biggest wooden building on earth : It is 57 meters long, 50 meters wide and 50 meters high and it was built in order to house the largest Buddha-sculpture on earth that was made of bronze, see it in my previous tip ! In my 2nd photo you can see the giant size of the entrance-gates of this hall.

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globetrott
May 31, 2010

Buddha in the Great Buddha-Hall

Take a look at my 4th photograph in order to realize the giant size of these Buddha-statues in comparison to somebody standing in front of it on the left of my picture.
This is the largest Buddha-statue made of bronze, it has a weight of 452 tons, a hight of 16 meters and including the basement it is more than 30 meters high.
You will find it inside the biggest wooden building on earth : 57 x 50 meters wide and 50 meters high, it was built in the year 1708.

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May 31, 2010
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Binzuru (Pindola Bharadvaja)

This Binzuru is a wooden sculpture dating back to the 18th century. Binzuru is said to have excelled in the mastery of occult powers and it is commonly believed in Japan that who-ever rubs his hand on a part of the sculpture of Binzuru and then rubs that same part of his/her body as well, his ailment in this part of the body will disappear.

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May 31, 2010

A Must-See: The Todaiji Temple and Giant Buddha

Just as huge gothic cathedrals mark the power of the church in medieval Europe, so too does the Todaiji Temple, one of the world's largest wooden building enclosing the world's largest bronze sculpture, mark the ascendancy of Buddhism in Nara-era Japan. Constructed in the 8th century, the site has been ravaged by fires and earthquakes, so very little of the temple is original, the the buddha itself has survived (without its gold leaf). Both the building and the buddha are sites to behold!
While this is one place where you won't see any deer, the Todaiji Temple (like the rest of Nara) is not without its little fun quirks. One of the columns in back of the buddha has a tunnel cut through its base, allowing children to crawl through it (and sometimes small adults). So, while the kids are occupied, you can contemplate the buddha, its massive size and its beauty as a work of art. You can gaze at the structure's architecture and study the 1:50 scale model of the original temple grounds. And you can walk around the grounds. This is a great place!

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AKtravelers
Aug 11, 2009

Visit Todaiji Temple

Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the main temple of all japanese Buddhist temples. Soon its importance increased that much, that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower its political influence.
Todaiji hosts Japan's largest Buddha statue and is also the world's largest wooden building,although the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original size.

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WStat
Apr 26, 2008

Explore the Big Buddha at Todaiji-Temple

Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, it hosts many historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples.
The big Buddha Statue "Daibutsu"is one of the most revered statues in Japan.

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Apr 26, 2008

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