Todaiji Temple


Places to visit

Todaiji Temple is one of the most symbolic buildings of Tenpyo era culture. It includes many famous buildings such as the Great Buddha Hall, the largest wooden structure in the world, Hokkedo Hall where many impressive Buddhist sculptures are enshrined, and Nigatsudo Hall where the traditional “Omizutori” (Water drawing) ceremony takes place annually. The grounds of Todaiji are so extensive you may need a whole day or more to explore thoroughly.


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Todaiji Temple
406-1 Zoushi-cho, Nara City 630-8212


  • Nara Kotsu Bus (City Loop Line) from both JR Nara Station and Kintetsu-Nara Station
  • About 20 minutes walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station.


  • 南大門
    Nandaimon Gate is Japan’s largest temple gate, made to compliment the size of the Great Buddha Hall. Inside, two standing Nio statues (Guardian gods) in the Agyo (open-mouthed) and Ungyo (closed-mouthed) style are enshrined.
  • 転害門(てがいもん)
    Tegaimon Gate constructed in the Nara era, is the only remaining original structure of the temple precinct, and allows you to imagine the fine architecture of Todaiji Temple during the Tenpyo era.
  • 二月堂
    Nigatsudo Hall is famous for the Shunie, Omizutori (Water drawing) ceremony that takes place annually in March.
  • 二月堂は絶景ポイントの一つ
    Nigatsudo Hall is one of the finest spots to enjoy breathtaking views of Nara and its environs.
  • 「東大寺の鐘」
    The “Bell at Todaiji Temple” is included in the “Nanto Hakkei” (Eight Views of Nara). This large bell has the nickname ‘Nara Taro’
  • 大仏殿遠景
    A distant view of the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall). The shibi (ornamental ridge-end tile) shine in the morning haze.
  • ライトアップされた東大寺
    Illuminations at Todaiji Temple.