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Nara-ken Things to Do

  • 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 Nagaoka in 784 in an attempt to reduce Todaiji's power and influence. Todaiji's main hall is the world's largest wooden building. It is home to one...

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  • Nara Park

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    Many of Nara's sights such as: Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple and the Nara National Museum are located in Nara Park. This park dates from 1880. Nara Park is filled with hundreds of freely roaming deer. In the Shinto religion deer are believed to be messengers of the gods. Deer have come to be the symbol of Nara.

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  • 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 pagoda and a three story pagoda. The five story pagoda is 50m high making it Japan's second tallest pagoda. Kofukuji's pagoda was originally built in...

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  • 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 from the shrine's buildings and hundreds of wonderful stone lanterns are located around the outside of the shrine. The lanterns are lit twice a year on...

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  • Horyuji Temple

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    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 some interesting details like in my 4th photograph, where some grim animals obviously are in charge to guard the building against bad ghosts and similar...

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  • Nigatsu-do

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    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 a large ceremony here, where priests shower sparks on to the crowds below. Think twice about attending the ceremony - it gets PACKED, and forget...

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  • 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 east pagoda, which remains from the original dating back to 730. The temple is organized symmetrically, which is not common for Japanese temples,...

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  • tsubosakadera / Osato and Sawaichi

    It is the 6th holly temple of Saigoku(west) thirty Kannon piligrimage.It was established in 703.This temple is famous for the story of "Love story of Osato and Sawaichi".Sawaichi was blind and had a beautiful wife whose name was Osato.He found that every early morning she went somewhere and so he doubt that she had an affair.So he demanded her a...

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  • Former Daijoin Temple Garden

    Daijoin Temple flourished during the period between the Heian Era and the Muromachi Era as a branch of Kofukuji Temple. The garden was said to have been built in the Heian Era, but ruined later. And at the end of the 15th century, it was reconstructed by the first-rank gardener, Zeami. Now a cultural hall is built next to the garden. And you can...

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  • Playing With Deer

    In Nara, deer are regarded sacred. Nara people believe that, long time ago, a god flew to Nara on the back of white deer. Since then they treated deer with respect and care.Now it is said there are more than 2000 deer in and around Nara Park. You will meet them at Kasuga Taisha Shrine, at Todaiji Temple when you go and see the Huge Budda, etc. Most...

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  • Taking A Perfect Picture of Old Tower...

    Kohukuji Temple has a beautiful 5-story-tower and it is one of the symbols of Nara. To the south of the temple, across Sanjodori Street, there is a big pond, Sarusawa Pond. On the southern bank of the pond, you can take a perfect picture of the tower and the pond. The picture will surely be one of your good memories of Nara.

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  • Puting on Antique Kimono

    I was born Nara City, I recommend the Active in Nara city. Nara is the most Ancient Capital of Japan.You can feel traditional japanese more then other Cities with clothes Foods architectures.if you are a short trip to go Nara city, generally peoples go The Todaiji Temples.For the lunch,you can go to Shizuka(you can eat nara tradditional cheken...

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  • Visiting Kasuga Taisha Shrine

    Kasuga Taisha Shrine is a very old shrine built in the 8th century. Walking through woody Nara Park welcomed by a lot of deer and going into the approach to the shrine, you will see many stone lanterns on both sides. It is said there are about 2000 lanterns. After the long approach of lanterns the gate of the shrine appears on your left. The...

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  • Command A Splendid View of Nara from...

    Nigatsudo is a building of Todaiji Temple which is famous for its Big Budda. Todaiji Temple is a very big temple with large grounds and many buildings. Nigatsudo is one of the 7 main buildings of the temple and located to the east of Big Budda. You can enjoy walking through the grounds toward Nigatsudo. On your way, you will find a huge temple bell...

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  • Todai-ji, Meet the great Buddha

    The most famous statue of Buddha may be the great Buddha of Todai-ji.Todai-ji is located in the centre of Nara.When you enter the main gate you see the big "NIOU" .Inside the mainhall there are the Great Buddha, two Bosatsu,two Ten...all of them are verybig!!!I wonder how they make it at that time.There is Nara park and the mountain near the...

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  • Horyuu-ji

    It is the oldest wooden temple in the world.It is also the first world heritage in Japon.It is said that Youmei Emperor made this templeto wish for recovering his illness. He died before its completion.So Suiko Emperor and Syoutoku-taishi took over his wish and finished with building the temple in 607.In this precinct you can see the famous...

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  • tsubosakadera / eye's temple

    It is famous as eye's temple so many people who has eye problem come to visit there.This temple has relationship with India.There are 2 big Buddha from India outside of temple.It was really big!!!Inside of hondou you can see an exotic Buddha.I think this temple is a bit different from other traditional temples and unique so you can enjoy spend time...

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  • Hasedera

    It was established in 686 by St Domyo.Hase dera used to be called as "women's Koya-san" as at that time koya san prohibited women enter there. As it was, this temple is beautiful and throughout the year you can see flowers.Hase dera is the 8th holly temple of Saigoku(west) thirty Kannon piligrimage.So you may have chance to meet a pilgrim who wears...

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  • Oldest Wooden Temple (possibly in the...

    Horyu Temple (Horyuji) is one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara and is located in Ikaruga , a quaint little city in the heart of Nara-ken.This complex was built from AD6 and houses a temple, pagoda, museum and various other ancient buildings. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993.Prince Shotoku was brought up in Horyu Temple...

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  • The Great Buddha Statue

    Nara city is home to the world's largest bronze-gilded Buddha statue. Situated inside a massive temple complex called 'Todaiji', the 'Daibutsu' (Great Buddha) is a must-see place to visit.After roaming through deer-filled Nara Park, you finally make your way to the entrance of Todaiji Temple and I guarantee you will be amazed at the sheer size of...

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  • Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki

    After a disappointing stay at the Super Hotel in Kyoto, I thought that this branch would be similar...

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  • Ryokufuukaku

    16-4 Monzencho, Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, 630-0266, Japan

    Good for: Families

  • Mishima Plaza Hotel

    14-31 Honamchi

  • Nara Hotel

    This is a grand old hotel and it's showing its age. The room was very large and furnished with good...

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  • Takiman

    16-3 Monzencho, Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, 630-0266, Japan

  • Sunroute

    a min walk from suarosawa pond, 2 mins walk from sanjo dori street and 15 mins walk from todaiji...

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  • Tsukimino

    12-2 Monzencho, Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, 630-0266, Japan

  • People's Inn Hanakomichi

    This hotel is located in on foot-from Kintetsu "Nara" station 1 minute, and on foot 10 minutes from...

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  • Koga Ryokan

    10-8 Monzencho, Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, 630-0266, Japan

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