Nara played an extremely important role as the capital of ancient Japan until Kyoto was established as a capital of Japan in 794. The ancient capital, Nara was the place where Buddhism was introduced into Japan. The influence of Buddhism is reflected in various arts and architecture, and even now many of them, as national treasures, are carefully preserved in Nara. Horyuji Temple - the oldest wooden building in the world, Nara Park - where many deer, which are divine beasts that act as messengers of the gods, are kept free, Nara Great Buddha and Todaiji Temple - which are visited by many tourists from all over the world, both of them are all national treasures. Nara is also said to be the birthplace of sake, which is sacred sake offered to the gods. Mt. Yoshino, which is famous for “Thousand Cherry Blossoms is not only famous for its cherry blossoms, but is also famous as a sacred place and as a base of the Southern Court in the history. Always compared to Kyoto, the same ancient capital, Nara is relatively less crowded and you can feel ancient old Japan all through Nara prefecture.