Nara Images Gallery 27 images Created 16 Nov 2008
Overshadowed by its traditional neighbor Kyoto and shiny, modern Osaka, Nara is omitted from many a visitor's itinerary. As Japan's first capital city, Nara is home to attractively preserved UNESCO World Heritage sites. Most of Nara's attractions, including temples, shrines and the town's famous deer who roam around town are conveniently within Nara Park - a wide, pleasant space of greenery. Besides the ever-present deer, Todaiji Temple is home to the Daibutsu, literally "Big Buddha" the largest Buddha statue in Japan. The other main UNESCO attraction is Kasuga Shrine, lined with more than 1000 lanterns, and scene of many festivals and Japanese ceremonies throughout the year.