Whilst visiting Nara Deer Park we headed over towards Todaiji temple which is famous for its Great Buddha Hall which contains the worlds largest bronze statue of Buddha.
The deer from the surrounding park were everywhere even as we got towards the temple entrance. The temple, like many other temples and shrines, had a small entrance fee of a couple hundred yen. After paying to enter we headed down towards the main hall of the temple and it was so impressive in its size. Many tourists flocked to this temple and as we entered we were met with a sea of photo taking tourists.
The main statue of Buddha was incredible to behold. It’s one of those things that you cannot help but gawk at because of how large it is. It really made me think about the history of it and I couldn’t get over that someone build it.
Off to the side of the main statue there was a smaller one which was probably still bigger than my house.
I think Todaiji temple is probably one of the most impressive ones I have visited in Japan. It’s worth a visit just to see the immense size of the Buddha held within its walls. Whether you’re religious or not it’s something beautiful to see.
After finishing at the temple we carried on around the park and headed up towards a shrine. The walk up towards it was beautiful as we were surrounded by furry friends and hundreds of gorgeously carved stone lanterns.
I remember whilst visiting this shrine there was a family celebrating something. I’m not sure if it was part of a wedding or not but a couple were dressed in beautiful traditional clothes and it was lovely to witness first hand.
I cannot recommend this area enough. It’s a beautiful and relaxing place to spend an afternoon!
All images are taken by myself