The Todaiji Temple in Nara

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is the Todaiji temple in Nara. There are many buildings in Todaiji temple.
Speaking of highlights in Nara, there are many people who think that it is the Daibutsu (the Great Buddha) of the Todaiji temple.
I think so, too.
Daibutsu is far from JR Nara station and Kintetsu Nara station.
There are people who visit by using bus etc. However, there are many tourists visiting while going through Kofukuji and Nara Park.
If you have much time, I recommend that you visit through Kofukuji and Nara Park.
In that case, it is about 3 kilometers from JR Nara Station and about 2 kilometers from Kintetsu Nara Station.

Approach to Todaiji temple

Approach to Todaiji temple

This is an approach to the Nandaimon gate of the Todaiji temple.
It is about 500 meters.
There are souvenir shops on the left side.
You walk about 200 meters and you will find the Nandaimon gate.

Nandaimon gate of Todaiji temple

It is said that as the temple gate, it is the largest in Japan.
The height is about 25 meters.
We have approached the Chumon(the middle gate) in front of the Daibutsu-den (the Great Buddha hall).
There is a pond in front of the Chumon.
We can see the Chumon and the Daibutsu-den reflected on the pond.

Chumon and Daibutsu-den

We have arrived in front of the Chumon.


We can look into the inside from the Chumon, but we can not enter inside from here.
We can enter inside from the far left from here.
However, an admission fee is required.

Daibutsu-den of Todaiji temple

This is the Daibutsu-den.
Daibutsu (Big Buddha) is in the Daibutsu-den.
Many tourists leave here after seeing the Daibutsu.
However, there are still many other buildings in Todaiji.
Walking outside the corridor from the Chumon, reaching the east side of the Daibutsu-den, there are stone steps climbing to the east.
We will go up it.

Shunjo-do hall of Todaiji temple

This is the Shunjo-do hall.
The hall houses the 'Seated Statue of Priest Chogen (who had worked on rebuilding the Great Bodhisattva is enshrined)'.

A bell tower and big bell

This is a bell tower and big bell.
The bell ia called Oogane.

Gyoki-do hall of Todaiji temple

This is the Gyoki-do hall.
The hall houses the 'Seated Statue of Priest Gyoki (who had worked on building the original Daibutsu)'.

Nenbutsu-do hall of Todaiji temple

This is the Nenbutsu-do hall.
We will also climb the slope and the stone steps.

Hokke-do hall of Todaiji temple

This is the Hokke-do hall.
The hall also called Sangatsu-do hall.
Sangatsu means March.

Zanmai-do hall of Todaiji temple

This is the Zanmai-do hall.
The hall also called Shigatsu-do hall.
Shigatsu means April.

Nigatsu-do hall of Todaiji temple

This the Nigatsu-do hall.
Nigatsu means February.
The Omizutori is going to take place here in March.
Doji(assistants of priests) who have great torches walk on the passage outside the building around 7 pm.
This is a very wonderful scene.
At that time, many tourists are always coming.

[ 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 Nandaimon gate: N34.6857 E135.8399
(2)The Chumon gate: N34.6878 E135.8399
(3)The Shunjo-do hall: N34.6889 E135.8419
(4)The bell tower: N34.6887 E135.8421
(5)The Gyoki-do hall: N34.6889 E135.84225
(6)The Nenbutsu-do hall: N34.6887 E135.8424
(7)The Hokke-do hall: N34.6887 E135.844
(8)The Zanmai-do hall: N34.6888 E135.8435
(9)The Nigatsu-do hall: N34.6893 E135.8442

(February 25, 2018)