What to Expect
This temple was built in Nara era (8th century) by Emperor Shomu and great Buddha is the principal image of this temple which is the most famous Buddha in Japan. There were several fires by wars and nature disaster which caused the burned out some of this temple.
Current Great Buddha was re-built in Edo era ( beginning of 18th century). This temple is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.
The height of the statue is 14.7 meter.
2. Nara park
Nara park include Todaiji, Koufukuji, Kasuga-Taisha and Nara National museum.
1200 number of deer are living in this park. These deer are said to be messengers from Shinto of Kasuga-Taisha.
3. Kasuga-Taisha shrine
This shrine was founded in 768 to deify Fujiwara clan in Asuka era.
This shrine is world culture heritage site registered in 1998.
4. Toshodaiji temple
This temple was built in 759 by the high priest Jianzhen who had come to Japan with overcoming various hardship invited by Shomu emperor.
There have still been several architectures remained as the figure from Nara era such as Main hall, lecture hall, treasure hall and so-on.
Also, some Buddhist statues in Tenpyo era (later half of Nara era) have been remained which are registered as National treasure.
5. Yakushiji temple
This temple was built in 680 by Tenmu emperor in capital Fujiwara kyo to pray for his empress (Jito emperor) to recover from illness.
After Tenmu emperor’s death, Jito emperor had completed the temple in 697 by succeeding Tenmu’s will.
According to the capital transfer to Heijokyo, this temple had been transferred in Nara capital in 718.
There had been several architectures such as Nandaimon-gate, East pagoda, West pagoda, main hall and lecture hall that all were arranged as Buddhist temple surrounded by corridor at the time flame.
After that, several fires of nature and war had occurred and only remaining architecture from 718 is east pagoda from 718.