Japan always seems to be about biggest, best, newest. It ranks its tourist destinations, foods, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. There's a chain of stores called RanKing RanQueen, which is dedicated to selling only the currently most popular items - and they'll tell you what they are when you're in the store, too. "Number 1!" Oh, so everyone's drinking this soda? Or wearing this lipstick? Okay, thanks.
When it comes to travel, there are numerous top three lists, including some very famous ones. Todai-ji is on one of those lists, the Top Three Famous Big Buddhas (Daibutsu).
The last thing you'll come to is a well-stocked souvenir shop; they sell good luck charms and trinkets for the faithful and touristy. Be sure to turn around and say goodbye to the statues before you leave, though, to be sure to have a good impression!