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About Nara

Nara is an ancient city, even older than Kyoto. After the Japanese royal family moved to Kyoto, it gradually became a quiet little town. The ancient town within the city has perfectly preserved characteristics of the Edo period, while Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple and Toshodaiji Temple still exude a strong traditional feel. World Heritage Site Kasuga-taisha, or Grand Shrine, is a great place to experience the lantern and “monkey” festivals in the Spring. Elegant sika deer roam freely through Nara Park, making it a perfect place to get closer to the native majestic wildlife. A hike up Wakayama Mountain offers a spectacular panoramic view of this ancient city. Nara may not draw the same crowds as other cities, but its unique historical heritage and tranquil atmosphere make it an attractive destination.

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Nara Park
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City Park
Nara Park is a vast open park located on the east side of Nara Street. Most of Nara's attractions, including grassy hills, Todaiji, Kasuga Grand Shrine, and the Nara National Museum, can be found gathered around here. Picturesque all year round, the park is home to hundreds of wild sika deer which roam the open meadows.
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UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Todaij, located on the east side of Nara, boasts a history of over 1,200 years. As one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, it has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. Jianzhen, an eminent monk of the Tang Dynasty in China, set up the temple here as the ordination hall for monks. The large bronze Buddha and the reconstructed East Hall are must-see attractions.
Kasuga Grand Shrine
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UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
A local Shinto shrine, Kasuga Grand Shrine has a history of thousands of years and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was founded by the powerful Fujiwara family and is dedicated to four guardian spirits of the Fujiwara family. It is now an important place of worship in Japan. White deer are said to be the messengers of gods, of which this site has many. Visitors here can walk among the deer along the Kasuga Grand Shrine omotesando and immerse themselves in the nature of the surrounding ancient trees.
Toshodaiji Temple
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Located in Wujo-cho, Nara, Tangzhao Temple is a temple founded by the Tang Dynasty Gaochun Jianzhen. Today, it still has a strong Tang style. Among them, Jintang and the lecture hall are 8th-century wooden buildings, which are extremely precious. The monk of Jianzhen accepted the invitation of Emperor Shengwu and came to Japan to innovate Japanese Buddhism, but after suffering a lot of hardships, it took 12 years to finally arrive in Nara. In order to thank the Tang Dynasty monks, in 759 AD, the Japanese established the Tangzhao Temple with the foundation of the 7th Emperor of Emperor Tianwu.

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Tokyo to Osaka: How to Travel Cheap and Fast?
Green Travel
Travel Tips
The cheapest way to travel between Tokyo to Osaka is by bus, especially night bus. Total journey could spend 8-10 or so hours. Tips: Might be worth the extra 500 yen to have onboard toilet and comfortable chairs and night bus save you one night hotel fee. Fastest way to travel between Tokyo to Osaka is Shinkansen, faster than air! Total time cost: 150 min. No safe checking, not so long on the trams to airports. Leaving at the same time, those taking the Shinkansen will reach the destination earlier than those flying.
TripBlog   Feb 21, 2020
The Best Cherry Blossom Spots
Outdoor Recreation
Natural Landscapes
World Heritage Sites
Green Travel
Every year in the springtime, it’s cherry blossom season in Japan. Starting out from Okinawa in January, the blooming of cherry blossoms gradually moves northward, and following the cherry blossom blooming trail has become a big tourist event in Japan. Below are Japan’s 10 most famous cherry blossom spots, found in the Kanto, Kansai, and Hokkaido regions.
TripBlog   Dec 23, 2019
Great Things to See Besides Deer in Nara
Cultural History
Natural Landscapes
Flora & Fauna
World Heritage Sites
Nara was Japan’s first capital, less than an hour’s drive from Kyoto and Osaka, and is known for its many world heritage buildings and wild deer running around.
TripBlog   Nov 28, 2019

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Here are the absolute best restaurants in Nara: Mitsuba, Genkishin, Nakatanido, mellow cafe, Yatagarasu.
Here are the best places to visit in Nara, including: Naramachi, Isuien Garden, Todai-ji Temple, Mount Wakakusa, Nigatsu-do Temple.