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  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160

    This temple is not on everyones list, but its situation surrounded by forest makes it special. The complex is easily reached in the South East of Nara Park, only maybe 15 minutes walk from Todaiji...

  • Tōdai-ji
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    5555 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 406-1

    The Great Eastern Temple is located in the northern section of Nara Park - Todai-ji is part of a larger complex and one of the Seven Great Temples of Japan. It is now the worlds second largest...

  • Omiwa Shrine
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    311 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Miwa 1422

    We were so happy to visit this beautiful shrine in the early evening with lights lining the stairs up to the main shrine. As it was drizzling the monks immediately ran out to provide a canopy for us...

  • Horyu-ji Temple
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    585 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujisannai 1-1

    Horyuji, the oldest still existing wooden construction of the world, is designated as a world cultural heritage. It is absolutely worth visiting. The premises of the temple, which are divided into...

  • Kashihara Jingu Shrine
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    271 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Kumechou 934

    Hi my name is Kevin Im Australian but Ive started managing a log cabin cafe near Kashihara Jingu mae (In fact I can see the unebi mountain from the cafe and the Kashihara Jingu shrine just on the...

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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