Nara Park

Nara’s main sights are arranged around the grassy Nara Park, through which friendly deer freely wander – you can buy special deer-food sembei crackers which will make you popular!

Here you’ll find Tōdai-ji, Nara’s most important and impressive temple, and home to Japan’s largest Buddha statue. Though the current temple structure is only two thirds the size of the original, Tōdai-ji remains the largest free-standing wooden structure in the world.

You’ll also want to visit Kasuga Taisha, which was established in 768 and the nearby Isui-en garden is a particularly nice one in which to relax.