Nara boasts many records in Japan and the world.
Todaiji is the world’s largest wooden structure.
It houses the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world.
It is also Japan’s most famous.
Nara is Japan’s first capital dating all the way back to 710.
Unlike the other succeeding capital cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, Nara is most in tact with its old settings and historic presence.
It is home to Japan’s first UNESCO site. Despite being reconstructed several times, Horyuji Temple is considered to be the oldest wooden structure in the world.
Nara is famous for freely roaming deer.
They are everywhere! The deer are friendly, but can be pushy once they spot food, and sometimes even just a piece of paper. 🙂
It used to be that deer in Nara were considered sacred, and that killing them was considered as a crime. It stopped during World War II. Today, they are protected and are designated as national treasures.
I most enjoyed our stroll to Kasuga Taisha.
It is filled with lanterns – metal and stone.
Nara has not veered away from the old as much as other core cities in Japan. It has the look, the feeling and the atmosphere of ancient Japan. It is said that when Japanese visit Nara, they feel as if they are going back home.
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