Nara

About Nara

A cradle of traditional Japanese history and culture, Nara breathes the spirit of Yamato - the Japanese nation. Formerly known as “Heijyokyo", Nara was the first capital of Japan, from 710 -794 AD. This rich history is evident in the Heijyokyo Palace, which was built in the architectural style of Chang’an, in the Tang dynasty. While this period of prosperity has passed, Nara, the ‘Capital of Temples’ is still renowned for various cultural heritage sites including Todaiji, Toshodai Temple and Horiuji Monastery.

While the historic temples are impressive, many people come for the naughty Nara deer. Herds of wild deer can be found in Nara Park, Kasuga-taisha and, even, on the road. Don’t be deceived by their innocent and gentle eyes - they are after the deer senbei (rice snacks) in your hand!

The natural scenery in Nara is also worth seeing. Kasugayama Primeval Forest and Wakakusa Hill offer calming surroundings in which one can regain peace of mind. Located in the Kansai region, Nara is near to both Osaka and Kyoto and is a great option for a day-trip.

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Nigatsu-do Temple

Nigatsudo, which literally means “the hall of the second month”, is a significant subcomplex of Todaiji Temple. Located to the east of the Great Buddha Hall, on

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Toshodai-ji Temple

This historically significant temple got its name from the fact that its first abbot, Ganjin, was from Toh, of the Tang Dynasty in China, and that it was founde

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Isui-en Garden

Isui-en Garden is a large traditional Japanese-style garden that dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1868).

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Kofuku-ji Temple

The temple was established in Nara at the same time the city became the capital in 710. At the height of the Fujiwara clan's power the temple consisted of over

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Kamameshi Shizuka (Koen)

Kamameshi Shizuka provides the excellent Kamameshi that is traditional Japanese rice cooked in an iron pot with various kinds of seafoods, meat, and vegetables.

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Nakatanidou

Nakatanidou , one of the best mochi (sweet rice cake) shop in Japan . This shop has won TV Champion competition program 2 times ,In Nara ,Japan on April 5, 2014

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Hiraso

Boasting a proud company history of over 150 years, this shop and restaurant offers visitors a unique kind of sushi native to Nara: Kakinoha-zushi. This is a pi

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Muro-ji Temple

Muro-ji is a Buddhist temple in Uda, Nara.

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Hase-dera Temple (Sakurai)

Hase-dera is a Buddhist temple in Sakurai, Nara, affiliated with the Shingon sect.

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Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine

A shrine atop the hill right next to the more popular Nigastu-do Temple

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Ukimido Pavilion

A bridge and pavilion over the Sagi-ike pond in Nara.

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Ishibutai Kofun

Ishibutai Kofun is the largest known megalithic structure in Japan. Located in Shimanosho, Asuka, Nara Prefecture, the kofun is believed to be the tomb of Soga

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Nara: Origins

Todai-Ji in Nara PrefectureWhen you imagine Nara Prefecture, the roots of history and nature come to mind. This video aims to showcase the untouched beauty of

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The First Impression of Nara

A cradle of traditional Japanese history and culture, Nara breathes the spirit of Yamato - the Japanese nation. Formerly known as ‘Heijyokyo’, Nara was the firs

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Nara One-day-trip Itinerary

Nara makes an ideal destination for a day trip, as it is only half an hour to an hour away from Osaka or Kyoto. In fact, it could be one stop in your tour to or

Hotels in Nara

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Hotel HUG HUG Kashiba (Adult Only)

Designed for adults only, Hotel HUG HUG Kahiba is a love hotel located in Kashiba, 49 km from Kyoto and 21 km from Osaka. Every room at this hotel is air condi

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Yuzan Guesthouse Annex

Conveniently located a 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station and a 8-minute walk from JR Nara Station, Yuzan Guest House Annex offers cosy accommodation with

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Nara Park Hotel

Boasting a hot spring bath, Nara Park Hotel offers Japanese-style rooms fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring. Guests can take a dip in the swimming pool in

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Machiya Guest house Mimoro

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Machiya Guest house Mimoro offers accommodation in Sakurai. From JR Miwa Train Station, the property is a 3-minute

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Kohryokuen Nishisei

Located in Tenkawa, 47 km from Nara, Kohryokuen Nishisei features free WiFi access and free private parking. Every room has a flat-screen TV. Some units featur

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Asuka Guest House

ASUKA GUEST HOUSE is situated 23 km from Nara. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The property can be reached by an approximately 40-minute train ride fro

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