Took train from Kyoto to Nara Monday 2nd April.
The outstanding site was the Todaiji Temple, reputedly the largest wooden structure in the world. It dates from the 8th century.
Rebuilt after a fire it is two thirds of its former size. The Giant Buddha Has the open hands representing the welcoming mudra.
The lantern at the front dates from the 8th century.
A pair if giant figures at each end of the gatehouse, represent - one with open and the other with closed mouth - the alpha and omega: the beginning and the end.