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  • NaraPro 2014
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    Nara is the ancient capital of Japan and is conveniently located near Kyoto. The pretty town was especially attractive during cherry blossom season. Within Nara is Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, cute shops and restaurants.

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    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.

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  • NaraPro 2014
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    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.

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  • NaraPro 2014
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    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.

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    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.

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    Nara, just go to plank with the deer and lie in the park! Fabulous day trip from either Kyoto or Osaka.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The most peaceful and quiet city i have ever been!! Love the deers walking around the streets and the simple atmosphere.

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    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.

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    Save at least a couple days for Nara when you visit Japan. It's quaint with lots of historical sites worthy of UNESCO's World Heritage Status. It's a very walkable city.

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  • Nara

    It has 30minutes from Osaka to Nara.
    If you visit Nara, you should go to Toudaiji(東大寺) and Kasuga-taisya(春日大社).
    You can walk from Kintetsu-Nara-station(近鉄奈良駅) to Toudaiji and Kasuga-taisya.
    Many deer walk usually, even though there is a road.
    I very very suggest to visit Nara!!

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    Whats not to like about a town where bambi and family literally roam the streets begging for handouts of deer-biscuits.

    See Todaiji temple (the largest wooden structure in the world) and you see the history of a truly ancient Asian culture

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    One of my school trips was to Nara.

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The ancient capital of Japan, Nara is considered by many to be the birthplace of Japanese culture, overseeing the entrenchment of Buddhism in the 7th and 8th centuries and constructing magnificent palaces in the Buddha's honor. Today the city is an easy day trip from Kyoto and a relaxed metropolis where tourists come to marvel at the gigantic bronze buddha of Tōdai-ji. The smartly designed Nara Park also houses the rest of the main attractions, within walking distance. Consider prolonging your visit overnight to experience the quiet of the city when visitors go home, get better acquainted with the mercenary deer by feeding them some rice crackers, and sample the sushi wrapped in persimmon leaf that is a local specialty.

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