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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Nara
Toshodaiji Temple 
# 6   of 16 most visited
sights in Nara

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Main Hall (Kondo)

Toshodaiji (, Tōshōdaiji) was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor in order to train priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. "Toshodai" is Japanese for "invited from Tang China", which refers to Ganjin. His influence in the introduction of Buddhism to Japan was monumental, and his arrival and teaching at Toshodaiji were important stages in that process.

Toshodaiji's main hall (kondo) was re-opened in late 2009 after being renovated over a period of almost ten years, during which the building was dismantled and reconstructed. The temple's lecture hall (kodo) was moved to Toshodaiji from the Nara Imperial Palace, and is now the only surviving building of the former palace.

Lecture Hall (Kodo)
Ganjin's Grave

The Miedo stores a famous wooden statue of Ganjin which is displayed to the public only once a year for a few days around June 6, the anniversary of Ganjin's death. On the occasion of the 1250th anniversary of Ganjin's death in 2013, a replica of the statue was created that is now on permanent display to the public.

There are a number of small paths on the temple grounds that cut through thick overhanging foliage. Ganjin's grave is located at the end of one of these paths, and the surrounding nature gives the area an atmosphere of serenity. The temple also has a large bell from the Heian period, a chapel, sleeping quarters once used by monks in training, and a small treasure house that charges a small entrance fee.

View of central complex

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How to get there
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By train

The temple is located about 500 meters north of Nishikyo Station, which is located just beside Yakushiji Temple. Nishikyo Station can be reached from Kintetsu Nara Station by taking the Kintetsu Nara Line to Yamato-Saidaiji Station and transferring to the Kintetsu Kashihara Line. The entire train ride takes about 25 minutes and costs 250 yen.

By bus

Buses number 70, 72 and 97 travel about three times per hour to the temple from JR Nara Station (15 minutes, 240 yen) and Kintetsu Nara Station (20 minutes, 240 yen). Buses 70 and 72 stop at Toshodaiji bus stop when traveling to the temple, but stop at Toshodaiji-higashiguchi bus stop when traveling in direction of central Nara. Bus 97 always stops at Toshodaiji-higashiguchi bus stop.

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Hours and Fees
Hours:8:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed:No closing days
Admission:600 yen (additional 100 yen for treasure house)

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