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Nara

Nara was once the center of Japan around 1,300 years ago, and ever since it's been a city full of culture and history. Nara has plenty of shrines and temples that will let you experience ancient Japan.
Inside the city of Nara is Todaiji, the home of the Great Buddha Statue; Nara Park, famous for Kasuga Taisha, as well as Toshodaiji. Outside of the city sits Horyuji, which has the world's oldest wooden buildings still standing, as well as the Ishibutai Kofun tomb, the largest known megalith in Japan. There are also 3 World Heritage Sites here: the Historical Monuments of Ancient Nara, the Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Area, and the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimate Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
It's easily accessible, only about an hour away from Osaka and Kyoto by train. Mt. Yoshino is famous for being Japan's top area for cherry blossoms. During the season, around 30,000 trees bloom around the mountain so you can enjoy an unprecedented cherry blossom sight.
Wild deer live around Nara Park, so you can offer them deer crackers and receive a bow in retun. There are plenty of cute deer goods for sale that are great for souvenirs. Something you should definitely try in Nara is the kakinoha zushi. Mackerel and salmon are sliced and paired with vinegar rice, then wrapped in a persimmon leaf and pressed down. Other recommended regional foods are Nara pickles and chagayu (rice gruel made with tea).

Topics

Nara×Sightseeing

  1. 1. Asukadera Temple

    Five Historic Spots in Japan to Experience Ancient Japan

    2017.04.06

  2. 1. Nara Park

    Five Recommended Spots to See Cherry Blossoms in Nara

    2017.03.09

  3. 1. Attend the Shunie at Todaiji Temple's Nigatsudo Hall

    5 Things To Do In Nara In The Spring

    2017.03.02

Nara×Food

  1. 1. Nara-nagomikan Restaurant & Cafe Awogaki

    You'll Want to Go Out of Your Way to Visit! 5 Restaurants With Delicious Morning Sets in Nara

    2017.04.13

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  2. 1. Ramen Mitsuba

    5 Recommended Ramen Restaurants in Nara

    2017.03.27

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  3. 1. cafe zuccu

    5 Delicious Cafes Within Nara That Provide Free Wi-Fi Access

    2017.03.27

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

Nara×Hotels

  1. 1.  Mikasa

    Enjoy The Privacy! 5 Hotel Rooms in Nara That Come With An Open-Air Bath

    NEW

    2017.04.27

    Booking.com

  2. 1. Super Hotel LOHAS  JR Nara Eki

    5 Recommended Business Hotels in the Charming Ancient Capital of Nara

    2017.04.06

    Booking.com

  3. 1. Nara Hotel

    More than 100 years old! 4 Well-Established and History-Filled Hotels in Nara

    2017.03.27

Nara×Tips & Manners

  1. 1. Kakinoha Zushi

    Enjoy Local Flavors! Five Local Gourmet Foods in Nara

    2017.01.19

  2. Knowing will make your trip twice as fun! Basic Information About Nara

    Knowing will make your trip twice as fun! Basic Information About Nara

    2017.01.19

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