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.

Places to visit in Nara

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Sights in Nara

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Kakinoha Sushi Daiyo

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Kakinoha sushi is a famous local specialty consisting of wrapping a mackerel sushi with persimmon leaves.

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Yoshimizu Jinja Shrine

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Yoshimizu Jinja Shrine is a World Heritage site and appears in many historic tales related to famous shoguns (military generals).

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Tonan-in Temple

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Tonan-in is a 1300-year old temple which was established by the founder of the Shugendo Buddhism sect.

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Kinpusen-ji Temple

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Kinpusen-ji Temple, the main temple in the sacred area of Kinpusen by Mount Yoshinoyama, features the second largest wooden structure in Japan.

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Yoshino Chogu Ruins

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Yoshino Chogu Ruins was the place where the Imperial Palace and the government was set up when Emperor Godaigo fled Kyoto due to the attacks by Takauji Ashikaga

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Nara: Origins

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The First Impression of Nara

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Nara One-day-trip Itinerary

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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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Yuzan Guesthouse Annex

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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

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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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Kotono yado Musashino

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Kotono yado Musashino offers accommodation in Nara, and is located a 11-minute drive from Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line. Free WiFi is provided througho

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Nara Guesthouse 3F (B&B)

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Conveniently located a 1-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, Nara Guesthouse 3F offers simple accommodation fitted with natural-coloured wooden furnishings.

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Guesthouse Kohaku

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Guesthouse Kohaku is located in the centre of the historical Naramachi area, full of traditional houses remaining since the 17th century.

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Hotel Chapel Classic (Adult Only)

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Designed for adults only and conveniently located a 6-minute walk from JR Nara Station, Hotel Chapel Classic is a love hotel that offers air-conditioned rooms a

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