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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.
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"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
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"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
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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.

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Apr 04, 2011

Todaiji Temple - Japan's Largest Buddha statue

Todaiji is one of Japan's most famous temple and a Nara landmark. It is significant for housing Japan's largest Buddha statue which measures about 15 meters tall as well as being the largest wooden structure in the world.

And it is ENORMOUS. You have to be there, approaching the main building Daibutsu Den on foot to appreciate its largeness.

Within the Todaiji Kondo (Todaiji Great Buddha Hall) the large Vairocana Buddha statue sits in the middle, while to its right sits the Thousand-armed Kannon. At the four corners of the hall, stood the statues of four fearsome gods. Being of much historical and religious significance, Todaiji also houses much priceless artifacts and relics.

The picture can't describe the size of this statue. It is over 16 meters high and cast in tons of gold and bronze.

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naruto
Sep 29, 2004

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

Todaiji

Todaiji ("Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.

Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower its influence on government affairs.

Not only is Todaiji housing Japan's largest Buddha statue (Daibutsu), but it is also the world's largest wooden building, even though the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple's size.

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Jul 19, 2004
 
 
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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

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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May 31, 2010

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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May 31, 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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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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Jul 13, 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

Todaiji Temple - dedicated to animals

The main hall of Todaiji Temple houses the Diahutsu and is known as the world's largest wooden structure. There is a shrine here that's dedicated to animals and it is here that you'll find Nara park, or better known as Deer Park.

Deers roam freely here and are friendly when they know you have a treat for them. But watch out, they can get aggressive if they smell food and you aren't sharing!

Spend some time here as the architecture of this place is magnificent. Please check travelogue for more pix.

Entrance fee : US$4.24 per person

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Restless-in-kl
Dec 28, 2005

Todai-ji

The 400 yen entrance fee to Todai-ji is well worth it. The Great Buddah statue is awesome and there are many other statues of interest. Watch out for a small hole in the base of one of the structures wooden pillars - you will deserve the good luck that comes with crawling through it, if you manage to squeeze through that space!

Todai-ji is open until 4.30 in the winter and 5.30 in the Summer. tour guides using megaphones can be a real pain in the neck in here - I recommend going later in the afternoon to stand the best chance of avoiding them.

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May 22, 2004

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