Because of its old and well-preserved sanctuaries, Nara is one of the most important tourist destinations in Japan. From 710 to 784 Nara was the seat of the imperial family and the first permanent capital of the island kingdom. Most of the important attractions are all close together so that you can easily discover them during a day tour if you are coming from Osaka or Kyoto. Here are the most amazing things to see in Nara.
Todai-ji is one of Japan’s most famous temples and was constructed in 752 on the order of emperor Shomu. Daibutsuden, the Great Buddha Hall, is 50 meters large and 49 meter high and thus the largest wooden structure in the world.
Nigatsu-do & Sangatsu-do
These two temples are sub-complexes of Todai-ji and can be reached by walking up the stairs next to the main halls of the Todai-ji temple.
This shrine was built in 712 for the protection of the capital. The numerous lanterns made of stone and metal that are hanging in the building are donated by believers and are illuminated during the important Bon Festival.
Isui-en which was built in the Meiji era is definitely the most beautiful garden in Nara. Don’t miss to walk over the stepping stones to the different islands and if you are thirsty you can also have a cup of tea in the first building when you enter the garden.
This Buddhist temple is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and famous for Japan’s second highest Pagoda.
Everywhere in Nara you will find sika deer that are walking around. You can buy food to feed them or just observe these beautiful animals.