Nara and its same named capital have created the perfect alliance between nature and religion. Very first permanent capital of Japan between 710 and 784, the prefectoral capital has in its heart a huge and luxurious park with a view on surrounding mountains. You will be able to pet and feed one of the 1200 deers who became famous even abroad thanks to their "polite behaviour".
Because of its status, buddhism developed into the city of Nara: the landscape is composed by many pagodas. Tourists and believers hurry to contemplate or pray the giant Daibutsu (the biggest bronze statue of bouddha) standing in the Todai-ji temple. Many pilgrimages weave the roads of Nara prefecture. Within Horyuu-ji's enclosure, many of the buildings are part of the oldest wooden structure in the world, dated from the 7th and 8th century. Many of them are also Japan's national treasures and are the proof of a strong buddhist influence there.
Nara can brague about being the prefecture hosting the most of UNESCO World Heritage site, in all the country.