Japan's most ancient capital.

Nara was founded as Japan’s first capital in ancient times. Less than an hour away from Osaka and Kyoto, Nara has a relaxed atmosphere with many historical structures, including temples, shrines and ancient burial mounds known as “tumuli,” or kofun in Japanese. There are many locations with well-deserved reputations for cherry blossoms in spring and beautiful colors in autumn, and both hikers and cyclists will be pleased with the many routes available to them. And as you may very well know, there are many deer in Nara.

Getting There

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Things to Do

Bus tours and walking tours to see temples and shrines, tea ceremonies and more

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A visit to three shrines and temples that are part of a World Heritage Site