Todaiji – Children, Tour Groups.

Here are a few photos that show the part of temple visiting which, I must say, I enjoy. The children are obviously curious about me and given half a chance they start to ask questions and we get into conversations, all be it simple ones.

We visited Todaiji on a Saturday, the children were in their uniforms non the less. The park around Todaiji is famous for its tame, cheeky, deer. School children often wear their uniforms outside of school time, girls wear a variety of sailor suit uniforms and boys uniforms are modeled on Prussian Army uniforms. There is an explanation….


There is a large hole in one of the pillars at Todaiji which is large enough for children to crawl through. If you can go through it you will have good health, so it is said.

Tour group on Mt. Hiei, note the woman out front with the flag.

Tour groups as we have known them. This time at the famous ‘Golden Pavilion’, Ginkakuji , Kyoto.

Largest Wooden building

Being inside this huge building in the presence of the huge Buddha and several other immense statues is something that cannot be described. As with several other temples we visited in Kyoto and Nara there is simply no explaining the profound effect of these ancient places.

This is said to be the largest wooden hall in the world and even so it is just one third of its original size. The other two thirds were on the width. It houses a huge statue of Virocana Buddha.