Tōdai-ji (東大寺) also known as Eastern Great Temple is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall, houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu (大仏). The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Sika deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.
My visit to Nara and this Temple was one of the main highlights of my trip to Japan! It is a great temple literally, the size of the Buddha statue is indeed enormous as well. The grounds around the temple are beautiful… so if you are planning a trip to Japan, add Nara to your itinerary. This fairly small city is just an hour outside of Kyoto, a perfect day trip to explore its treasures! All images below were taken with Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R.