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Toshodaiji temple

Toshodaiji templeToshodaiji is a Buddhist temple, and is located about 3.5 km west of JR Nara station.
In Japanese, it is pronounced long as "Tooshoodaiji".

This temple is one of 9 constructions of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" designated as a World Heritage Site.

This temple was founded in 759 by Ganjin (688-763), the high priest from Tang (current China).

Ganjin was the famous high priest in Tang.
In 742, two students of priest staying in Tang requested him to introduce some priests to teach Buddhism in Japan.
But crossing the sea from China to Japan was the dangerous adventure at that time, so no priest agreed.
Finally, Ganjin himself decided to go Japan.

But the travel to Japan had failed five times, because of shipwreck or obstruction by opponents.
At last, the sixth trial successed in 753. But the Japanese students had already died, and Ganjin had become blind.
The next year, he reached Nara, and taught in Todaiji temple.
He was given the site of current temple from Emperor, and founded Toshodaiji in 759.
Then, four years later, he died in Japan.

There are many buildings in the precincts.
Kondo and Koudo were built in the 8th century, and are designated as national treasures.
Most of the other buildings built in the 13-17 centuries are also designated as national treasures or important cultural properties.

The admission fee to this temple is 600 yen.

How to get to here

By route bus

Get on the route bus to Rokujoyama at JR Nara station, and get off at Toshodaiji stop.
It takes about 17 minutes.

By railroad

By Kintestsu Kashihara Line, get off at Nishinokyo station.
About 10 minutes walk from there.




Nandaimon gate of Toshodaiji
Kondo
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Koudo
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Reido
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Kyozo (Warehouse of scripture)
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Houzo (Warehouse of treasure)
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Korou (Drum tower)
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Mausoleum of Ganjin

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