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Yakushi-ji Buddhist Temple in Nara, Japan
Yakushi-ji Buddhist Temple in Nara, Japan
Outside view of Nara Hotel in Nara, Japan
Outside view of Nara Hotel in Nara, Japan
Front Entrance of The Nara National Museum
Front Entrance of The Nara National Museum
Unitika Oaktown Yamatotakada Shopping Centre
Unitika Oaktown Yamatotakada Shopping Centre
Outside the Bara Art Museum in Nara, Japan
Outside the Bara Art Museum in Nara, Japan
Isuien and Nandaimon Gardens, Nara. Gribeco
Isuien and Nandaimon Gardens, Nara. Gribeco
Exterior view of The Nara Centennial Hall
Exterior view of The Nara Centennial Hall
Kasuga-taisha Main Entrance in Nara, Japan
Kasuga-taisha Main Entrance in Nara, Japan

Nara Information

Nara in Japan is a large city with a population of about 400,000 people. Nara comes from the Japanese word Narashita that means “Made Flat”. Nara was once the capital of Japan between 710 and 784 and originally called Heijõ-kyõ.

According to history of the Kasuga Shrine a mythological god called Takemikazuchi came to Nara on a white deer to guard the capital city of Heijõ-kyõ. With the history of the myth, the Japanese people regard deer as heavenly animals and the best place to see deer is in Nara Park. In the park you can also buy special biscuits to feed the deer. Nara Park has become a top tourist attraction as the deer nudge, jostle and some even bow for food off tourists.

Another great attraction to see in Nara is the Tõdai-ji Buddhist temple with the Daibutsu Buddha statute. With a Height of 15 metres, the 500 tonne brass statute is one of Japan’s biggest. Tõdai-ji temple also serves as the headquarters for the Kegon School of Buddhism.

One of the best environmental places to see in Nara is the Isuien Japanese Gardens. Created in the Meiji era, the gardens are divided into two walking sections with over 145,000 square feet in size. The gardens also feature the nearby Neiraku Museum that contains a collection of Japanese ceramics and artefacts.

For more history the temple of Shin-Yakushi-ji is another wonder to see in Nara. Built by Empress Kõmyõ in 747 it was constructed for the recovery of her husband Emperor Shõmu who suffered an eye ailment. It contains seven large healing Buddha’s that were thought to ward off evil spirits.

An annual festival not to miss is the Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri held every year in December at the Wakamiya-jinja Shrine. This festival dates back to the 12th Century and is held over four days making it the largest annual events in Nara.

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Autumn Trees and Tea House at Mizutani Tyanya in Nara, Japan
Autumn Trees and Tea House at Mizutani Tyanya in Nara, Japan
Aerial view Over the City of Nara in Japan. Photo by Oh My Deer
Aerial view Over the City of Nara in Japan. Photo by Oh My Deer