Travel Guide to Nara

Buddhist Temple Nara

Nara, the capital of Nara Prefecture in Japan’s Kansai region, is a popular destination with day trippers from Kyoto and Osaka. Nara was Japan’s first permanent capital in the 8th century, which means that it’s now home to some of the country’s oldest and largest temples, including the iconic Todai-ji Temple with its Great Buddha Hall.

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A particular attraction is the friendly Sika deer roaming freely in Nara Park.

Major events in Nara include the Wakakusa Yamayaki, an annual festival in January where the grass on Mount Wakakusayama is set ablaze. You won’t want to miss the Nara Tokae in August, a lantern festival that illuminates the city with thousands of candles.

Prefecture: Nara Prefecture
Region: Kansai, near Kyoto and Osaka
Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summers and cool, mild winters
Major Festivals: Wakakusa Yamayaki, Nara Tokae
Local Food & Drinks: Kakinoha Sushi, Chagayu (tea porridge)

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