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.
Nyaramachi Neko Art Festival celebrates cats and cat-inspired artwork throughout June.
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!
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
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
An ancient paradise beyond memory, Sasayuri-Ann in Nara Prefecture is the perfect combination of Japanese style and luxurious accommodation...
The Japanese word ikimono translates to living creatures in English, and the soon-to-open Nara Ikimono Museum will allow visit..
A collection of photos and my personal reflection from my visit to the Neold estate.