Daibutsuden hall of Todaiji temple

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Daibutsuden hall of Todaiji temple in Nara. There is the Daibutsu(great Buddha).
The official name of Daibutsuden hall is Kondo hall.
However, the hall is more familiar with the name Daibutsuden than Kondo.
It is open from 8 o'clock in the morning from November to March.

Opening time

It is open from 7:30 in the morning from April to October.
There is a chumon(middle) gate on the front of the Daibutsuden, but you can not enter directly from there.

Chumon of Daibutsuden

There is an entrance several dozen meters to the left from the middle gate, from which you can enter.
There is an admission ticket office at the entrance.
When you walk through the corridor from the ticket office for a while, you will arrive around the inside of the middle gate.
It is a stone path from there to Daibutsuden.
For stone pavement, stones of different colors are used.

Stone pavement

The middle stones were from India.
The stones on both sides were from China.
The outside stones were from China.
And the outermost one are Japanese stones.
Buddhism born in India has been transferred to China, then to Korea, and has been transmitted to Japan.
In this same order, stones of each country line up.
There is an octagonal lantern just before the Daibutsuden.
This is the oldest and largest in Japan made of copper.


Octagonal lantern

When entering the Daibutsuden, a huge Big Buddha appears in front of you.
The height of the statue is about 15 meters.

Big Buddha

The original Buddha statue was built about 1,300 years ago.
The current Big Buddha and the Daibutsuden hall are the third generations.
It seems that the first Daibutsuden was about 30 meters wider than it is now.
There is a model of the Great Buddha of the first generation and the second generation in the back.
This is the first Daibutsuden.

The first Daibutsuden

This is the third generation.

The third Daibutsuden

I think you can see that the shape has changed a bit.
There is a pillar with a hole in the northeast of the hall.

A pillar with a hole

It is said that if you pass through this hole you will be able to spend most of your time without disease.
Children often enjoy this hole.
I think adults can not pass through unless they are quite small.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
On Google Maps, you can examine the location by latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I examined.
So they may be wrong.
(1)The chumon gate: N34.68783 E135.83985
(2)The octagonal lantern: N34.68849 E135.83985
(3)The entrance of Daibutsuden: N34.68868 E135.8398

(March 16, 2018)