Nara: The Ancient Capital

Visiting a gem of the Kansai region

By Charles Colfer    - 1 min read

Once the capital and center of Japan's government and society, Nara survives today with an impressive amount of tradition and culture that has captured the hearts and minds of travelers for decades. It is truly considered a world treasure, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rustic architecture, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and population of deer are its main draws, and the nature that seamlessly flows into the temple grounds and the city is magnificent.

It lies near other Kansai cities like Kyoto and Osaka, making it a popular destination for people on a tour of Japan. Visiting Nara will leave you with a sense of awe, peace and excitement, truly bringing you a taste of Japanese culture that an urban metropolis like Tokyo simply lack.

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Charles Colfer

Charles Colfer @charles.colfer

Hello everyone!  My name is Charlie, I'm a 21 year old foreign exchange student from Boston, Mass studying abroad for a year. I've always wanted to travel, especially to Japan, and so far it's been absolutely fantastic. I love photography and occasionally making videos/vlogs about my experiences here, and would love to get into any form of professional media/ travel guide work. From my experiences as a college student, I love to find the best things to do while on a budget, as I'm sure many of us out there are limited to! Traveling can be expensive, and sometimes all the options seem daunting or simply undoable. I'm inclined to believe otherwise! I'm a pretty outgoing person, love exploring, meeting new people and pushing my boundaries.

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Kim 10 months ago
If a picture tells a thousand words, a video must tell a million! Thanks for sharing!
Jasper Wilkins 7 years ago
Great video! Thanks for sharing
Jessica A Paje 7 years ago
Loved the way you captured the ancient capital. Great job, Charles!! Looking forward to visiting Nara someday.
Shaymaa Barakat 7 years ago
Great video thank you.
Tom Roseveare 7 years ago
Great footage – thanks for sharing!