Nara Park

Nara Park is a large public park in central Nara, and is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. They are mostly tame, and deer crackers are for sale if you wish to feed them.

Deers in Nara Park



Kōfuku-ji is a Buddhist temple, that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples of Nara. At 50 metres, the five-storey pagoda is Japan’s second tallest.

Five-storey pagoda



Todaiji’s main hall, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the world’s largest wooden building. It houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu).

The temple gives the following dimensions for the statue:
Height: 14.98 m (49.1 ft)
Face: 5.33 m (17.5 ft)
Eyes: 1.02 m (3.3 ft)
Nose: 0.5 m (1.6 ft)
Ears: 2.54 m (8.3 ft)



Mount Yoshino

One of Japan’s famous cherry blossom viewing spots, Mount Yoshino features over 30,000 cherry trees of different varieties planted around the slopes which visitors can admire as they walk along the roads that lead up the mountain.

It is divided into four areas: the Shimo Senbon (lower 1000 trees) at the base of the mountain, Naka Senbon (middle 1000 trees), Kami Senbon (upper 1000 trees) and Oku Senbon (inner 1000 trees) at the top of the mountain. Because of the range of elevation, the blooming season is staggered by a couple of days between the Shimo (lower), Naka (middle) and Kami (upper) Senbon areas as the blossom front gradually moves up the mountain.

View from Yoshimizu Shrine (taken from
Kinpusenji in autumn