Japan’s first permanent capital from AD 710 to 794 (known then as Heijo), as well as the site of the ancient capitals of Asuka and Fujiwara, it goes without saying that Nara Prefecture (奈良県, Nara-ken) is filled with history and culture.
Nara is renowned for its many prestigious temples, led by Todai-ji (home of the Nara Great Buddha) and Horyu-ji, the oldest wooden building in the world. The lesser-known Asuka Temple is considered to be the oldest temple in Japan, constructed in AD 588. The traditional performing art of Daimokutate is performed every October 12th and is a sight to behold.
One of the most iconic sights of Nara is Nara Park; in addition to it containing Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, and Kasuga Shrine, it is famous for its roaming deer - visitors can even feed them! The town of Yoshino is arguably the best spot in Japan for cherry blossom viewing.
From June 1st until July 10th each year, Nara's Yatadera Temple opens its hydrangea garden for the public to enjoy. The hydrangeas..
Taiko drums on an Indy Jones-esque bridge!
Wish Upon a Lantern at the Nara Tokae Lantern Festival
Have your mochi pounded at breakneck speed by champion mochi-making experts before eating it fresh and warm on the spot.
Kudzu Sweets at Nakai Shunpudo
Tasty fish or vegetables on skewers deep fried in batter and eaten with a choice of delicious sauces.
An ancient paradise beyond memory, Sasayuri-Ann in Nara Prefecture is the perfect combination of Japaneses style and luxurious..
Enjoy a mineral hot spring bath in central Nara
Enjoy the Asuka's inhabitants kindness and learn traditional Japanese recipes during a stay in a guest room.
The unique goldfish Nara Kingyo Museum is dedicated to the ancient art of goldfish breeding and the artistic presentation of goldfish..
A 130-year-old soy sauce warehouse in the Japanese ancient capital of Nara has been given a second life as a hotel. It offers guests..
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