Todaiji, also known as the Great Eastern Temple, was originally constructed in 752 at the behest of Emperor Shomu and was designated to be the head of all Buddhist temples in Japan. Its main hall, Daibutsuden, is home of the widely-known Great Buddha of Nara. Todaiji Temple achieved UNESCO recognition in 1998.
Nara Park is located in Nara city and was established in 1880. The park is known for its vast nature and free roaming deer.
The Kasuga Grand Shrine (春日大社), known as Kasuga Taisha in Japanese, is located in Nara Park. Its 3000 lanterns are symbolic of the 3000 Kasuga s..