1163 Takabatakecho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, 630-8301, Japan
More about Nara
the umbrella-safe is on the right
Kofuku-ji Pagoda, Nara
West of Nara
Travel Tips for Nara
There are many people who run around Nara with Rickshaws transporting tourists from the station to the temples and shrines. Although it is quite easy to walk you may like to experience a ride in a rickshaw (at least then the deer won't attack you or eat your map!!)
Deer Watching in the Famous Park
Nara Park is most famous for its herd of sacred deer. They're everywhere, they're friendly, and they want your cookies (or your camera, or whatever else in your hand looks tasty). Watch where you step, though (see my warning on deer poop). The park is beautiful, especially in the fall, and can get crowded despite being huge. In the eastern part of the park is a pavillion out in the middle of a pond, reached by a bridge, which I recommend as a lunch/rest spot.
These are said to be the world's oldest surviving wooden buildings. Well worth seeing and especially, because Horyuji contains over 2,300 important cultural and historical structures and articles, including nearly 190 that have been designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties in Japan. They illustrate Japanese history through out the centuries. Naturally, this temple is also listed in the Unesco World Heritage list.
Here, you can also find a goddess who can change dreams.
Nara - Japan's first real capital
"Nara - center of Japan's cultural legacy"
Nara is Japan's first real capital. It is the number 2 attraction in Japan after Kyoto. It abounds with rich history with monuments of immense historical value. Eight sites in Nara have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO: Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Gango-ji, Yakushi-ji, Toshodai-ji, Kasuga Taisha, Kasuga-yama forest and Heijo-kyo palace.
Sharrie's Nara "Dear"
NARA is Japan's first real capital during the 7th century. Before this period, Japan had no permanent capital as with the passing of each emperor the capital would be moved in accordance with Shinto practice.
My visit to Nara was a very short one. I was on a tour & as usual it was a rush & every stopover is just a location to snap a few photos & off you go again! However, one needs to be fluent in Japanese or at the very least be able to read some characters in Kanji to be able to get around in Japan! Due to this, my 1st two visits to Japan was on a tour. Subsequently, I've returned many times but not to Nara. So, the sites I managed to visit in Nara are still limited. Hope I'll have a chance to return one day!
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