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Place Nara

Tōdai-ji (東大寺, Eastern Great Temple) is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Though it was originally founded in the year 738 CE, Todai-ji was not opened until the year 752 CE. The temple has undergone several reconstructions since then, with the most significant reconstruction (that of the Great Buddha Hall) taking place in 1709. Its Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden) houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese 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 one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara.

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Built in A.D. 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the develop…

Atlas Obscura 2022
34.91km
Katsuo-ji Temple

Discover Katsuo-ji Temple in Minoo, Japan: Visitors to this temple are greeted by a massive collection of wooden dolls said to bring good fortune.

Atlas Obscura 2017
35.11km
Kyoto’s Yasui Kompira-gu Shrine Can Make Or Break Your Relationship

Crawl through the hole in the middle of the paper-covered stone to strengthen or sever ties with your beloved.

Brutalism 1975
29.76km
Azuma House
Atlas Obscura 2018
40.68km
A Serene Buddhist Temple, Surrounded by 1,200 Stone Carvings

Nestled atop a hill, Otagi Nembutal-ji feels like a small oasis of calm.

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