Ancient city of Nara

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Nara, Japan
Ancient city of Nara - Entrance to the old city Nara
Ancient city of Nara - Small pagoda in Nara
Ancient city of Nara - Small pagoda in Nara
Ancient city of Nara - Shrine in Nara
Ancient city of Nara - Lamps of Nara
Ancient city of Nara - Lamps of Nara

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pieceofcake pieceofc…
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A must go if you love animal and Japanese culture Feb 26, 2012
Two reasons to go to Nara - deer and temples. If you love animals you will be crazy about seeing the deers are everywhere - Yes!!! everywhere! they can walk freely in template area, hills, pedestrian walkway. You can buy some biscuit to feed them :) They are absolutely adorable until the moment you bought the biscuit from local store. They will bite your ass to get your attention to get the food! Still they are adorable. The temple Todaiji is magnificent. I wish I could go back during winter time.
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Ancient city of Nara Jul 17, 2009
One place not to miss in Japan is the former capital of Nara. The city was only the capital of Japan for 85 years from 710. But despite the short period as a capital it did make its mark on the city till this day.

Compared to other places in Japan the city is relatively small and on an ordinary weekday outside school holidays it is actually a fairly quiet place to walk around. You can stay the night in the city but it is also an easy daytrip by train from Kyoto or Osaka.

To go around and see the main attractions you will need at least half a day because there’s actually a fair bit of walking between the different attractions due to the magnitude of the old city.

You can see most of the old shrines from the outside for free but if you want to go in and see the inside there are typically an entrance fee of 3-500 yen per sight. It is quite possible to enjoy just walking around the area for free and you can go and see most of for example Todai-ji complex for free but most people will probably go in to the Daibutsu-den to see the giant Buddha up close. And many people will go to one or two other buildings. Around the old city are lots of small restaurants and shops to go for lunch.
Small pagoda in Nara
Shrine in Nara
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tacco14 says:
This year, we celebrate the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo and there are lots of events there. Some treasury can be seen only this time.
Check this out!
Posted on: Sep 03, 2010
inkie1010 says:
When I was in Nara, on an ordinary weekday it was very crowded! A lot of schoolchildren and there was a special exhibition of treasures with very long queues. Todai-ji was impressive, the park was nice, but somehow I expected more of Nara... I also just visited Kyoto before which was beautiful. I liked the deer :) They almost ate my t-shirt :D
Posted on: Nov 12, 2009
sarahsan says:
I agree with you. Nara is one place in Japan which should not be missed. Have been there a couple of times myself and have enjoyed the walk around the park very much.
Posted on: Aug 19, 2009

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