In Nara are several Japanese...
In Nara are several Japanese gardens. Most famous are the 'Isuien' en the 'Yoshikien'. Though both are traditionaly Japanese, the have a quite different look. One is more open, with little fields and ponds, while the other is tightly planted, with narrow paths winding through an orderly wilderniss. 'Off the beaten path' is mostly the templestreets in the forests that are - besides the road - completely filled with small lantarn-shaped memorials for deseased loved ones.
The great Buddha
This is a huge buddha statue the Daibutsu, in fact, it's Japan's largest. It has suffered hardships during its long history: the head fell off in an earthquake and the hand melted in a fire. If you look closely, you note there's a slight difference in the colour of the renewed parts.
By virtue of being one of the...
By virtue of being one of the major historical temples in Japan, Todaiji Temple also possesses many valuable cultural artifacts. More than 20 of these Buddhist statues and other works of art are National Treasures.
Nara, older city of Kyoto
Who said Nara is small city? Yes that the main sightseeing places can be reach by walk, but some places at west of Nara reach by bus is better.
But I think 1 day is totally enough to explore Nara. If you walk fast, and not take so many pictures, half day is OK (Nara is really small city???)
You can see from the shrines and temples that Nara is older than Kyoto. But who knows?
There is tourist information center at Nara station. The lady there is really kind, and she can speak english. She really help you. You can ask map and direction.
1. Todaiji, place of big Budha statue
2. Kasuga Taisha
3. Nara Park
4. Kofukuji Temple
5. Horyuji Temple
6. Yakushiji Temple
Nara - A historical City.
I would personally recommend Nara, known as the home of Japanese history and culture, as one of the must see places around Kyoto. A day trip is enough to explore the places of interest and enjoy the charm of this ancient city of Nara at a moderate pace.
We obtained a map of Nara from a tourist information booth at the JR Nara station situated at the exit of the station. The main places of interests will be marked on the map. The staff will also recommend a route and we followed the route recommended.
From JR Nara station, we took a pleasant walking tour to see the main sights. We walked pass rows of interesting shops, selling things ranging from food to clothings to souvenirs. We followed the map and walked under the very hot sun (it was late July!). It was quite a tiring walk, so remember to bring lots of water. Our last stop was Kasuga Shrine where we took a bus back to the station.
At the deer park, there will be people selling bisuits-like food to feed the deers. These deers are perhaps used to human encounter, hence they are not afraid of humans at all. Beware! The deers eat anything and follow you if you have something that look "eatable" on your hand! Our yellow coloured map, perhaps looked like a biscuit, half of which ended up in the stomach of a hungry deer!!! A deer just walked to us and the next minute we knew was the deer "snatched" our map in it's mouth!!! We then tried to get the map back but in the process, we only managed to get half of the map back.
"Highlights of Nara."
Nara Deer Park
Kasuga Taisha Shrine
There's a good website with the details of the places of interests of Nara city at http://www.city.nara.nara.jp/english/index.htm
Nara is indeed a very nice place for a day tour. The atmosphere is very different from the well known cities of Kyoto. Before visiting Japan, we did not consider visiting Nara. Since we have some time, after reading the guide books and tourist information booklets, we decided to visit. It was a trip worthwhile. Though we went there on a hot and sunny day with the scorching sun on us, we had an enjoyable time visiting the places of interests.