Nara Things to Do

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  • 1. Todaiji Temple

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    Todaiji Temple means Great Eastern Temple. It was constructed in 752. It became the head temple of all the Buddhist temples of Japan and later grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to...

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  • 2. Nara Park

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    Nara is home to several thousand sika deer, or spotted deer, many of whom are as tame as house pets, allowing visitors to feed and pet them, as well as take photographs with them. Buy some "shika...

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  • 3. Kasuga Shrine

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    Kasuga Taisha or Kasuga Shrine is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of Nara. Kasuga Shrine is famous for its lanterns. Hundreds of beautiful bronze lanterns can be found hanging...

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  • 4. Kofukuji Temple

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    Kofukuji was once the family temple of the Fujiwara. The Fujiwara were a very powerful family clan during much of the Nara and Heian Periods. The temple was built in 710. Kofukji has a five story...

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  • 5. Nearby Destinations: Horyuji Temple

    Kondo, The Main-Hall of Horyuji Temple is one of the places where photography was totally forbidden inside, but at least we were allowed to take a look inside. Outside of the building you will see...

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  • 6. Heijo Palace (Heijo-kyo)

    Heijō Palace located on the western outskirts of Nara is one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara," a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heijō Palace was the Imperial Palace of Japan from 710...

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  • 7. Mount Wakakusayama

    Mount Wakakusa is the hill that overlooks Nara's historic center. During times of the year when it is open it makes a nice hiking course. The hiking trail takes you around the face of the hill that is...

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  • 8. Kasugayama Primeval Forest

    Kasugayama Primeval Forest is located on the hill behind Kasuga Shrine. Because of its ties with the shrine, the mountain and forest are considered to be sacred. Since the year 841 logging and hunting...

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  • 9. Nigatsu-do

    A pleasant escape from the crowds at Todai-ji is Nigatsu-do (one of todai-ji's sub temples). Entry is free and there are good views over the city towards the larger temple. On March the 13th there is...

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  • 10. Yakushiji Temple

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    Yakushiji Temple was built to worship Yakushi Nyorai, god of medicine back in the 7th century however, as a result of fires, the temple you see today was rebuilt in the 1970s with the exception of the...

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  • 11. Shin-Yakushiji Temple

    Shin-Yakushiji Temple was built in 747. Yakushi Nyorai is the principal deity worshipped here. People pray to him for good health and this temple was built in hopes of healing Emperor Shomu. Although...

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  • 12. Naramachi

    Naramachi (literally Nara Town) is laid out around Gango-ji Temple (one of the 8 features of the Nara UNESCO World Heritage Site), south of the Sarusawa-no-ike Pond. The temple was founded in the late...

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  • 13. Issuien Garden

    The original garden was made in the 1670s as part of a subtemple of Kofukuji Temple but the garden you see today is the result of modifications during the early Meiji Period. The last major addition...

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  • 14. Yoshikien Garden

    Yoshikien Garden is located right next to Issuien Garden (you can see parts of each garden from the other). It is a former privately owned garden now open to the public. There is a pond garden and...

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  • 15. Yagyu Iris Garden

    In the far northeastern area of the city near the border with Kyoto Prefecture Nara's Yagyu area is home to a large iris garden. There are paths throughout the garden so it's good for a stroll when...

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  • 16. Omizutori

    Omizutori is held every year from March 1 to March 14 at Nigatsu-do for over 1200 years. Every night they light toches and hang them out over the balcony of the temple. It is believed if the ashes...

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  • 17. Wakakusa Yamayaki

    Wakakusa Yamayaki literally means "burning of Mount Wakakusa" and that's exactly what happens! The festival takes place every year on January 28. It begins with a procession at 5pm from the Silk...

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  • 18. Toshodaiji Temple

    Toshodaiji Temple was built by the Chinese priest Ganjin who is accredited with solidifying Japan as a Buddhist nation during the Nara Period. The Kondo (main hall), Kodo (Lecture Hall), and...

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  • 19. Saidaiji Temple

    Not to be confused with the temple in Okayama by the same name (where the Naked Man Festival is held), Nara's Saidaiji was one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara back when Nara was the nation's...

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  • 20. Gangoji Temple

    Gangoji Temple is a small temple built in a Korean architectural style. It houses a famous mandala (image of the Buddhist Pure Land). There are many statues surrounding the temple. While most of them...

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  • 21. Naoya Shiga Residence

    The former residence of Naoya Shiga is preserved here in Nara. Naoya Shiga is not so well-known abroad, but in Japan he was a famous, influential writer in the early-to-mid-20th century. He lived here...

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  • 22. Jubei Cedar

    The Jubei Cedar is considered to be a symbol of the Yagyu area and its history. The cedar is believed to date back to the time when the famous local samurai Jubei Yagyu left the area to do work...

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  • 23. Nara National Museum

    The Nara National Museum is among the best museums in the nation, especially for those interested in Buddhist art. The museum is filled with amazing Buddhist sculptures, paintings, and other...

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  • 24. Jinrikisha...Human Powered Wheels

    Human Powered Wheels, is little expensive since the one who is pulling is japanese. I recommend to take the short course for 10 mins and costs 3000 en... it...

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  • 25. Walking in Nara

    Nara is a pleasant city to walk and visit temples and pagodas. Its a city with a lot of trees and is relatively small. You can have green tea in old-fashioned...

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