Todaiji Temple was built in the Nara period (710-794) at the behest of Emperor Shomu. At that time, Japan had been suffered from a plague and disasters, and Emperor Shomu wanted to take the peaceful world back. The Great Buddha Hall was was burned in two fires of war, and reconstructed in 1709, in the size of two-thirds of the original hall. The hall is still ranks as the largest wooden structure in the world.
Great Buddha is one of the largest bronze figures in the world as well. The statue stands just over 15m (50ft.) and consists of 437 tonnes of bronze and 130kg of gold.
Opening time changes by season, but 8 am to 4:30pm opens all the year.