Tōdai-ji Nandai-mon

Buddhist Temple in Nara

The great south gate of Tōdai-ji contains two fierce-looking Niō (guardians). These recently restored wooden images, carved in the 13th century by famed sculptor Unkei, are among the finest examples of guardian statues in the country – dynamic and full of character, with dramatic musculature.

The gate is about 200m south of the Tōdai-ji temple enclosure.