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Todaiji Manto Kuyoe


Todaiji Manto Kuyoe


Every year on August 15, the last night of Obon, Todaiji Temple holds its “Ceremony of 10,000 Lights.” During Obon the spirits of the dead are thought to return; on the last night, Japanese set out lanterns to light the way for their deceased loved-ones' return journeys back to the beyond. The Buddha Hall is illuminated with over 2,500 lanterns at this time (four flames per lantern), and a window above the entrance is opened allowing a view of the Great Buddha’s illuminated face gazing out serenely. A small fee is charged to those who haven’t applied for entry ahead of time.

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Last update: 2022-09-26

Venue Details & Access Info
Event Location

Todaiji Temple


406-1 Zoshicho, Nara (Todaiji Temple)



From Kintetsu Nara Station:
- 20 minutes on foot from the station.

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Name/address in local language

  • 万灯供養会 Todaiji Manto Kuyoe
  • address 奈良市雑司町406-1(東大寺) 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara (Todaiji Temple)
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Opening Time & Admissions
Event Date

15 Aug - 15 Aug

Opening Hours

19:00 - 22:00

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