5 min. walk from Daibutsuden-Kasugataisha-mae busstop by City bus
Todai-ji was founded in 752 by emperor Shomu to enshrine the great image of Buddha and to serve as the country's head buddhist temple.
Daibutsu-den (Kondo): National Treasures.
The present structure was rebuilt in 1709 which is about two-thirds the size of the original. 57m by 50.5m, 47.5m height. It is still the largest wooden structure in the world.
The bronze stature of Amitabha called daibutsu settled in is largest in the world.
Hokke-do (Sangatsu-do): National treasures.
The building is the combination of Reido (Kamakura Period) and Hondo (Tenpyo Period).
Nigatsu-do: ICT. Edo Period.
Nandaimon: The main gate. National treasures. A pair of biggest wooden statue in the world is settled in both side of the building.
Bell tower: The biggest bell in Japan (3.87m in hight, 3.71m in diameter) was made in 752 (Tenpyoshoho 4)
Kaizan-do: A square building where a image of monk Roben (689-773) is settled in.
Kyo-ko: Warehouses made by log-house-style wooden structure called azekura-zukuri where many rolls of sutra are inside. Most of them were made in Nara or Heian Period.
Tegai-mon: Wooden gate constructed in about 762 (Tenpyohouu 6). Only this structure is original of the beginning of Todai-ji temple.
Kondo (Daibutsu-den). National treasure.
The largest wooden structure in the world.
The construction of the main building "Kondo", the home of the great image of Buddha, was completed in 758. The most part of the building was lost by fire in 1180 (Jisho 4).
Chogen (1121-1206) and Chin Wagyo started to rebuilt in 1181 but often stopped by wars.
In 1567 (Eiroku 10) the buildings was lost by fire again and reconstruction was started in the next year.
The present structure was rebuilt in 1709 (Houei 6) which is about two-thirds the size of the original. 57m by 50.5m, 47.5m height. It is still the largest wooden structure in the world.
The building was added steel trass in under the roof in 1980 (Showa 55)