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- 98%Local Culture
- 96%History Buffs
- 91%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 81%Family Travelers
- 78%Spiritual Seekers
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- NaraMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 23, 2013
Equally renowned for gorgeous temples and some incredibly brazen wildlife, Nara - once the capital of Japan - is a true highlight of the Kansai region and a must-do if you're in the area. Home to temples like the enormous Todai-ji (by many accounts the world's largest wooden building), Nara is also the home of legions of tame deer who are perhaps a little TOO comfortable with humans, but which contribute in their own way to the unique atmosphere of the place. Nara is seriously on the tourist radar, and will be mobbed at any time of the day, so it may perhaps be wise to arrive early.
- NaraOct 17, 2013
To see some of the oldest and most impressive, yet still serene temples in the Kyoto/Osaka region, take a day trip to Nara. Best known for the herds of deer that seem to graze wherever they feel like it, Nara's temples are just as photogenic. If you stay for dinner after most of the day trippers go home, or get there very early in the morning, the atmosphere is more peaceful and unrushed.
- NaraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Aug 18, 2013
From what I could tell Nara is known for two things... 1. It is the "ancient capital" of Japan and 2. THE DEER! I think it is worth a visit just to see the deer in Nara! They are everywhere, sitting along the side of the street or walking down the road, and they will come right up to you! It's hard to explain until you see it for yourself.
- NaraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jul 04, 2013
You should definitely visit Nara. Gorgeous temples, walking distances to everywhere and the free roaming deer will capture your heart. It makes you not want to leave Nara so early.Recommended for
- NaraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jun 14, 2013
Nara is the first permanent capital of Japan (8th century). It is about an hour away from Kyoto by train - an easy ride. It has everything you would expect from an old capital - temples, shrines, pagodas, gardens, more shrines, and also has an unusual twist - many deer (~1200), freely roaming around without fear of people. Plus, it has the largest wooden building in the world (Hall of the Great Buddha), one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha (437 tons of bronze and 130 kilograms of gold), the second tallest pagoda in Japan (after Kyoto's), and over 3000 stone lanterns (amazing!). Oh, btw, it has 8 UNESCO heritage sites.
- NaraAug 29, 2012
Nara-machi, or Town of Nara, is a rare example where nostalgic old Japanese atmosphere still remains. Though Nara-machi is not largely featured as a main attraction of Nara, in reality, this is the place you must not miss. New and old shops and restaurants, World Heritage temples, traditional houses... You will find people’s “life” in Nara-machi’s narrow lanes and streets.
- NaraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jul 04, 2012
Easily accessible from Kyoto. One of Japan's other former capitals. The town is chock full of temples. A nice place to visit on a second or third trip to Japan (or if you have a very long trip). If you are only in Japan for a week and plan to do Kyoto, Nara may be overkill.