CITY GUIDE: Nara City (奈良市)


Nara City (奈良市) is the capital of Nara Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan. It borders the Kyoto Prefecture and resides in the northern part of Nara Prefecture. Nara is the city with shrines and temples which makes it fascinating for history lovers.

Nara has a moderate climate throughout the year with heavy rainfall in summers. Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kasuga Shrine, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, collectively forms the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, a UNESCO world’s heritage site.

Todai-ji is a Buddhist temple which was among the powerful seven great temples that were located in Nara. There is a Great Buddha Hall which has words largest statue of the Buddah Vairocana.  All tourists must pay a visit to this site and get awestruck by history it holds.

Visit Nara Park to have a closer encounter with the Senbei-loving deers residing there. It is said that the deers are messengers of the Shinto Gods. But do be warned, they have a knack for eating anything they can get, from tourists’ maps to snacks.

Nara is a place for art lovers, history lovers and recreational enthusiast. Pay a visit and you won’t be disappointed.



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