Todaji Temple 東大寺
Nara's premier attraction is Todaiji Temple and its Daibutsu (Great Buddha). When Emperor Shomu ordered construction of both the temple and Diabutsu back in the mid-700s, he intended to make Todaiji the headquarters of all Buddhist temples in the land. As part of his lanes for a Buddhist utopia, he commissioned work for this huge bronze statue of Buddha; it took eight casting to compete this remarkable work of art, which remains the largest bronze statue of Buddha in Japan. At a height of more than feet, the Daibutsu is made 427 tons of bronze. However, thanks t o Japan's frequent natural calamities, the Buddha of today isn't quite what it used to be.
The wooden structure housing the Great Buddha, called Daibutsuden, was destroyed several times through the centuries; the present structure dates from 1709. It's the largest wooden structure in the world but is only two-thirds its original size.
Behind the statue, is a huge wooden column with a small hole as the same size as Buddha's nostrils. in it near the ground. According to popular belief, if you can manage to crawl through this opening, you'll be sure to reach enlightenment.