Nara is a magnificent small town surrounded by deers walking around! The most significant temple in this location is Tōdai-ji with one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha in the world.
You will be able to explore all its beauty in one day, either like a trip from Kyoto or to stay there overnight. Be ready to have some cash (no credit cards) in order to buy souvenirs and snacks when you walk through the markets.
One of the approaches to the park is from Kintetsu Nara station which is just 5 minutes walk. As you enter the park area, you will see Kofukuji temple with five-story pagoda next to it.
Then continue walking to see Nara National Museum and then reach the Tōdai-ji temple. The park is large and full of deers. Although they look cute, be careful as they can start eating your clothes, souvenirs or attack you if you will provoke them.:)
The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) is the largest wooden structure in the world and houses the world largest Daibutsu (Buddha statue).
A wonderful Buddhist complex of temples. While walking towards the temple, you will notice many shops full of souvenirs and food. Deers will watch you on your steps and if they are nice to you, buy them some deer snack. 🙂
Due to the popularity of Todai-ji temple, you might see many tour groups waiting in front of the temple. Try to find out time when is no tour in front of you to fully enjoy this impressive temple and the tranquil energy Buddhist energy inside. I stopped there for a while to absorb the feeling of Buddhism. Just watching the enormous statue of the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) make you feel so peaceful and it connects you with your soul.
After you go out of the Daibutsu hall you will notice a statue of Binzuru (Pindura). Japanese believe that this lady has an occult power and when you touch part of the statue corresponding to your ailment, it will be healed. As you continue walking, check souvenirs – I bought a beautiful Japanese fan and bell.