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Nara

Nara cannot be overlooked if you travel to Japan.

Several important figures of Japanese history as the Emperor and the monks founded there famous temples, believing that Buddhism was the only way to pacify the country. The current population is 1.4 million inhabitants in Nara Prefecture, which celebrated its 1300th anniversary in 2010. Considered as the messengers of gods, in Nara, deers roam free. You can give them biscuits, shika-senbei, sold in the streets for 150yens.

The district of Nara has to be seen. You will see many statues classified as national treasures, two of them being particularly remarkable : the Great Buddha of the Todai-ji temple and Asura of the temple Kofuku-ji. The latter is also known for its five levels pagoda, the second biggest in Japan. You can also visit temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage, the Nara National Museum, known for its exhibitions of impressive statues, the shrine Kasuga-taisha, Nara Park, the Mount Wakakusa-yama, the floating pavilion Ukimido, the Isui-en garden and the Naramachi district. You can also find souvenirs in the arcades Mochiidono and Higashimuki.

You should also visit the western district of Nara, for the vestiges of the Heijokyo palace, Toshodai-ji, Yakushi-ji Houki-ji and Horyu-ji temples, with their remarkable architecture. Horyu-ji has a great historical value because it is the oldest wooden building in the world. It houses several treasures, statues and paintings classified as Japan national treasure. Current architects say unanimously that the architectural technique of Nara period is superior to that of nowadays.

Access is easy from Kyoto and Osaka. The Miyakoji-kaisoku train of the JR company and the train of the Kintetsu company bring you there in 50 minutes from Kyoto and 30min from Osaka.

 

 

 

 

 

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