Toshodai-ji Temple

Nara, Kansai

Toshodai-ji came into being when the Buddhist monk Ganjin came to Japan from China and set up a platform for the ordination of monks, opening a school for studying Buddhism in 759. The auditorium was made by transferring part of the Heijo-kyu Palace in the city of Nara, which is the only building of Heijo-kyu Palace that remains to this day, and which is designated a National Treasure.The construction technique called entasis, in which the central part of the pillar is raised, characteristic of Greek and Roman construction, is used in the main hall. Three Buddhist statues, the seated figure of Rushana Buddha and the standing figures of Yakushi-Nyorai and Senju-Kannon in the main hall, are all designated National Treasures. The standing figure of Senju-Kannon actually has one thousand hands and is Japans oldest wooden Buddhist statue. The statue of Ganjin Osho in the shrine, in which the founder’s image is installed, is said to be the crowning work of iconic sculpture.’


13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara-shi, Nara
Admission Fee
600 yen (regular fee)
[Walk]Kintetsu Nishinokyo Stn./8-min. walk

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