Nara – Featured Destination
Nara is the most historic and spiritual centre of Japan, where Buddhism first flourished and the first capital city was built over 1300 years ago. Close to Kyoto and Osaka and quickly accessible by train, Nara is a living history book, full of World Heritage sites and well-preserved temples and shrines. Much of Nara is still semi-rural, dotted with picturesque villages, where life follows the rhythms of the seasons.
Sight seeing spots
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This World Heritage temple is one of the most impressive temples in Japan, and plays a major role in Japanese history through the ages. You approach Todaiji Temple through the Nandaimon (Great Southern Gate), where you are confronted by the fierce Nio figures that guard the approach to the Great Buddha. The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is Japan’s largest at 15m high.
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Nara Park is one of the must-see areas in Nara City. The vast area covers 660 hectares and is renowned for its free-roaming deer and world famous temples. Feeding the deer is an attraction in itself and special crackers are on sale all around the park. For human refreshments, there are traditional tea houses as well as kiosks selling snacks and souvenirs.
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Kasuga Taisha is considered one of the most sacred sites in all of Japan. Kasuga Taisha was built in 768 by a lord of the powerful Fujiwara clan. As a place where numerous gods are enshrined, it attracts both devotees and tourists seeking an iconic Shinto experience. It is also known for its colors and photogenic setting. The contrast between the bright vermilion paint, the white walls and the cypress wood roofs has inspired photographers for many years.