Todaiji temple is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. Todaiji's main hall, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the world's largest wooden building. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha.

Kasuga Taisha is Nara's most celebrated shrine. Kasuga Taisha is famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings, while as many stone lanterns line its approaches.

Kofukuji used to be the family temple of the Fujiwara, the most powerful family clan during much of the Nara and Heian periods. Today a couple of buildings of great historic value remain, including a five story pagoda and a three story pagoda. At 50 meters, the five story pagoda is Japan's second tallest.