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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).

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Nara×Sightseeing

  1. What is the Nara National Museum?

    A Treasure Trove of Buddhist Art! A Guide to the Must-See Spots in Nara National Museum

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    2017.10.19

  2. <9:00 AM: Start> Ikoma Cable’s Toriimae Station

    Easily Accessible by a Cute Cable Car! Hiking Course at Nara’s Mt. Ikoma

    2017.10.05

  3. Enjoy Fantastic Views While Hiking to Seno-no-Taki

    One of Kansai's Foremost Summer Resorts With Fantastic Views! A Recommended Course Around Seno-no-Taki

    2017.09.07

Nara×Food

  1. 1. Gen

    Five Select Shops in Nara for Outstanding Soba Noodles

    2017.05.18

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  2. 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.

  3. 1. Ramen Mitsuba

    5 Recommended Ramen Restaurants in Nara

    2017.03.27

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

Nara×Shopping

  1. 1. Tenugui (Nippon-Ichi)

    Perfect for Souvenirs! 5 Traditional Crafts from Nara

    2017.05.18

Nara×Hotels

  1. 1. Hotel New Wakasa

    Top 5 Recommended Accommodations Near Nara Park, a Popular Sightseeing Spot

    2017.09.14

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  2. 1. Guest House Oku

    Where to Stay in Nara! Five Recommended Guesthouses

    2017.06.22

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  3. 1. Guesthouse Tsunoya

    Some of the Best Places to Stay in Nara! Five Guest Houses Rated Highly on Travel Sites

    2017.06.08

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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