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Not overlooking but actually inside Nara Park, the picturesque cottages that comprise this 100 year old ryokan are as close to Nara’s main attractions as you can possibly stay. This is not a five-star luxury hotel, but the traditional cottages are very comfortable. With the chance to see the local deer taking a nap right…

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Isuien Gardens

Isuien is a very pretty Japanese garden close to Todaiji Temple. Isuien means “Garden founded on water”, and its name is came about because its ponds are fed by the Yoshikigawa River, which runs nearby. The garden is divided into two parts; Front & Rear, with several tea houses found in both parts. The front…

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Kanponoyado Nara

Kanponoyado is a quiet and comfortable inn on the western side of Nara, offering a base from which to explore the ancient capital. The elegantly decorated guest rooms and indoor and outdoor natural hot-spring baths provide a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Delicious seasonal food is served in the restaurant overlooking the garden.

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Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha (Grand) Shrine is Nara’s most celebrated Shinto shrine. Kasuga Taisha was also the shrine of the Fujiwara, Japan’s most powerful family clan during most of the Nara and Heian Periods. It is famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings…

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Mount Yoshino

Located in the Yoshino-Kumano National Park at the center of Nara Prefecture along the Yoshino river, Mount Yoshino is considered to be the best cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan. The whole of Mount Yoshino is registered as a World Heritage site. There are around 30 thousand cherry trees in the area, which is divided…

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Nara Hotel

Founded in 1909, The Nara hotel first served as the premier guesthouse in the Kansai area for visiting dignitaries from Japan and abroad. It’s one of the oldest hotels in Japan, with most of its 129 rooms keeping their ancient glory, with wooden beams, European radiators and ceramic fireplaces. With a great location on the…

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Nara Park

Nara’s main sights are arranged around the grassy Nara Park, through which friendly deer freely wander – you can buy special deer-food sembei crackers which will make you popular! Here you’ll find Tōdai-ji, Nara’s most important and impressive temple, and home to Japan’s largest Buddha statue. Though the current temple structure is only two thirds…

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Noborioji Hotel

The newly luxurious Noborioji hotel is nestled at the foot of Kofukuji temple, and the beauty of the surroundings is reflected by the masterful use of wood for the interior design of the hotel. Large windows also provide wide views over Nara park. There are only 12 rooms, with a minimum size of 40 square…

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Todaiji (“Great Eastern Temple”) is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower…

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