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Toshodai-ji Temple とうしょうだいじ

Toshodai-ji Temple とうしょうだいじ

"This temple was founded in the 3rd year of the Tempyo era(759) by the Chinese Buddhist priest Ganjin Wajo, who, with the invitation of Emperor Shomu, came to Japan after going through all sorts of hardships. The whole temple, including the Golden Hall called ""Tempyo-no-Iraka,"" the Lecture Hall and the Treasure Hall, still keeps its original appearance. The temple buildings are beautifully arranged, which shows us broad-mindedness of the people of the Tempyo era.

After the capital was transferred to Kyoto, the temple declined for some time. In the Kamakura period (1192-1333), however, the temple buildings were restored by the priest Kakujo, and in the Edo period, its edifices were repaired.

(5 minutes' walk from Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station)"

Basic Information

Address 13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara 630-8032
Access From JR Nara St.,Kintetsu Nara St., or Kintetsu Nishinokyo St., taking a bus bound for Rokujo-yama and ride for 17mins and get off at 【Tosho-dai-ji】bus stop. Or 10 minutes by walking from Kintetsu Nishinokyo St.
Inquiries Tel: *81-742-33-7900 Fax: 0742-33-5266
Barrier Free Accessibility Barrier Free Toilet
Website Official Websitehttp://www.toshodaiji.jp
Closed on Open all year
Parking Available

Entrance Fee

Price (Individual) Adult: 600 yen
University Student: 600 yen
High School Student: 400 yen
Junior High School Student: 400 yen
Elementary School Student: 200 yen
Price (Group) Adult: 480 yen
University Student: 480 yen
High School Student: 320 yen
Junior High School Student: 320 yen
Elementary School Student: 160 yen
Discount for Disabled Visitors Half-price
Senior Discount Free for seniors who present their senior booklets/"roushun teichou." (For residents of Nara)
Other ・Miei-do (Tomb of Ganjin) Opening: June 5th to June 7th *The Miei-do is undergoing significant restoration in a project that began in 2015. Public viewing will not be available for several years yet.
・Treasure House Entry (Spring/Fall): Adults/University Students: 200 yen, Elementary-High School Students: 100 yen
Hours of Operation 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 pm.)


Events Uchiwa-maki (Fan-throwing Ceremony): May 19th, 3:00 p.m.
Kaisanki(Sharie): June 5th-7th, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Shushoe: January 1st-3rd
Kangetsu-Sanbutsukai(Moon watching ceremony): September, the harvest moon day
Shaka-Nenbutsue: 21st October-23rd October
Ominugui(ceremony of cleaning of Buddha statue): December 15th, 9:00 a.m.
Flower-Viewing Lotus, Late-June to July, nearly 60 varieties arranged in pots in the front garden
National Treasures Kondo(Golden Hall), Kodo, Koro, Kyozo,Hozo, Statue of Buddha, Statue of Ganjin Wajo, Statue of Bhaisajyaguru, thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, Statues of Brahma-Deva and Sakra devanam Indra, Stuatues of four devas
Special Openings June 5th to June 7th: Statue of Ganjin Wajo
March 1st to June 30th: New Trasure room
May 19 th: Chukodo special opening
23rd August-24th August: Zizodoh special opening
September 1st to November 30th: New Trasure room
October 21st to October 23rd: Raidoh


Area Information

Nearby Locations

Saidai-ji Temple

1-1-5 Saidai-ji Shiba-cho, Nara 631-0825

Yakushi-ji Temple

457, Nshinokyo-cho, Naracity

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