If you visit Yakushiji Temple first, you will be struck by the difference in style and atmosphere as you approach Toshodaiji Temple along the main road. If you have a smart phone, you can download a multi-lingual guide using the QR codes at the entrance. Passing through the low wooden gates, you immediately see the elegant main hall with its long, low roof and muted colours. Beautifully proportioned, it is often compared with the Parthenon for its sense of balance. Look up for the Sumioni figures, like devilish Sumo wrestlers, holding up the temple roof.
Founded in 759, most of the buildings have been declared World Heritage Monuments, due to their age and unique architectural styles. The whole complex is beautifully landscaped, with tree-lined paths leading to lodgings for the temple monks.
Follow the paths to a mossy forest and a small island housing the grave of the temple’s founder, the famous monk Ganjin. The grounds are especially beautiful in autumn and cool in summer. Combined with a visit to Yakushiji Temple, it’s an easy half day. A few stops on the train will take you to Yamato-Saidaiji Station and Heijo Palace Site.
Last update: 2020-07-27
- Venue Details & Access Info
13-46 Gojocho, Nara
From Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station:
- 9 minutes on foot from the station.
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- 唐招提寺 Toshodaiji Temple
- address 奈良市五条町13-46 13-46 Gojocho, Nara
- Opening Time & Admissions
8:30 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Dec 31: 23:00 - 02:00
*Group discount available
Available Foreign Languages
No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)
Information in English
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