Located at the north end of Nara-koen, the temple of Todai-ji is Nara’s main tourist attraction. It contains the Daibatsu-den which contains an truly enormous statue of the Buddha (Japan’s largest, in fact) and has the unusual distinction of being the largest all-wooden structure in the world.


Inside, the bronze Buddha is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen…if only there were someone standing in front to illustrate just how enormously and humungously big these statues are. You just have to see them up close I guess…