Nara Prefecture

Your Guide to a Day at Nara Park in Nara City

May 22, 2019 By Justin Hanus

There are numerous things to do and see in Nara City, but the most important attraction has to be Nara Park. Located at the foot of Mount Wakakusa, it became...[ Click to read more ]

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Road Trips in Kansai

Feb 15, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Road trips are a great way of experiencing the natural visual delights a country has to offer. Japan has an excellent public transport network, but many people prefer to travel...[ Click to read more ]

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Trekking in the Kansai Region

Aug 20, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Exploring the flora, fauna and historical attractions of a new place is sometimes the best way to appreciate it. Some people might think just walking around in the more populous...[ Click to read more ]

Noh Performance

Experience a Firelit Noh Performance at Nara’s Kofukuji Temple

Apr 24, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Traditional Noh performances might occur at temples across Japan, but Nara’s Kofukuji Temple is the original home of the sacred event, and seeing a performance there is a truly unforgettable...[ Click to read more ]

8 Most Popular Hiking Tours in the Kansai Region

Mar 23, 2018 By Justin Hanus

One of the best ways to enjoy a new place is to walk around and visit the attractions. But if you’re up for adventures that take hours of marveling beautiful...[ Click to read more ]

Nara, the Original Capital City of Culture

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Some 1,300 years ago the Empress Genmei established the seat of power in the mountainous area of Heijō-kyō, and in doing so created the country's first ever permanent capital. With the nation...[ Click to read more ]

Take a Dip in Nara’s Water Holes this Summer

May 23, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Looking to get outside as the summer season heats up? Although there are many places throughout Kansai to explore, checking out some of the region’s natural water spots might be...[ Click to read more ]

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Top 5 Spring Hiking Destinations in Japan

Mar 23, 2017 By Justin Hanus

With 73% of Japan’s land mass being mountains, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts certainly have their pick of gorgeous terrain to explore throughout the country. Of course there are some popular...[ Click to read more ]

The National Treasures that Roam through Nara Park

Jul 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Pigs are sacred in Egypt. Cattle are sacred in India. Goats are sacred in Syria. Elephants are sacred in Thailand. In Nara the animals worshiped are deer. Deer have been...[ Click to read more ]

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Kyoto and Nara – The One-Time Capital Cities are Storehouses of Japanese Heritage

May 23, 2016 By Justin Hanus

It is quite possible that you may detect some good-natured, chest-puffing sparring between the denizens of Nara and Kyoto over their respective heritage as one-time capitals of Japan. Nara was...[ Click to read more ]