Nara, Bali

Nara, Japan

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 General

Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara.
As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.

Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples.

How to travel between Nara and Kyoto
By Japan Railways (JR)

Miyakoji rapid trains operate every 30 minutes between Kyoto Station and JR Nara Station. The one way trip takes 45 minutes. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on these trains.

By Kintetsu Railways
Twice hourly departing limited express trains take about 35 minutes from Kyoto Station to Kintetsu Nara Station.

By hourly departing direct express trains (kyuko), the one way journey takes about 45 minutes. There are more frequent connections by express trains, if you do not mind transferring once at Yamato-Saidaiji Station.

The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on Kintetsu trains.

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Attractions

Nara has a lot of tourist assets that came from Japan history and culture are scarred all around.

Todaiji Temple & Nara Park

 Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Nara's most famous ancient attraction is Todaiji Temple. Construction in
752, its huge great Buddha statue, in the main hall Daibutsuden, is the
world's largest wooden structure. Nara Park's resident tame deer were
considered to be messengers of the gods in pre-Buddhist times.

The vermilion lacquered building creates a beautiful contrast to the
surrounding greenery. Kasuga Taisha Shrine was periodically rebuilt
every 20 years for many centuries. However the custom was
discontinued at the end of  the Edo Period.

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Local Food

Nara has rich history and tradition it is also famed for traditional local food.

Kakinoha zushi

Kakinoha zushi is consists of rice topped with mackerel or salmon and
wrapped in a persimmon leaf, The aroma of the persimmon leaf gives
the sushi a mellow flavor. Permission leaf has many benefit and was
invented as a medication by ancient Japanese.

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Nara Packages View more Packages

Treasure of Japan 12 days

Treasure of Japan 12 days

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Independent Tours

Hotel: Tokyo (3 nights), Hakone (1 night), Takayama (1 night), Kanazawa (1 night), Kyoto (3 nights), Osaka (2 nights)
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Guide: English speaking guide included on day tours only.

from $3,090
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Super Explorer 21 Days

Super Explorer 21 Days

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Independent Tours

Hotel: Sapporo (3 nights), Tokyo (4 nights), Hakone (1 night), Takayama (1 night), Kanazawa (2 nights),  Kyoto (5 nights), Mt. Koya (1 night), Osaka (3 nights).
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinner
Guide: English speaking guide included on day tours only.

from $5,390
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Intriguing Spirit of Japan 14 days

Intriguing Spirit of Japan 14 days

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Independent Tours

  • Transfer from Narita Airport to hotel
  • Transfer from hotel to Kansai Airport
  • 13 Nights Accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 2  lunches, 2 dinners
  • 7-Day Japan Rail Pass
  • Luggage Transfer Service on Day 5 and 12
  • English Speaking Guide included on day tours only.

from $4,490
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Seasonal Escapes 11 days

Seasonal Escapes 11 days

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  • Guide

Independent Tours

Hotel: One way    Tokyo(3 Nights), Hakone (1 Night), Kyoto (3 Nights), Mt.Koya (1 Night), Osaka (2 Nights)
           Return    Tokyo(4 Nights), Hakone (1 Night), Kyoto (3 Nights), Mt.Koya (1 Night), Osaka (1 Nights)
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.
Guide: English speaking guide included on day tours only.

from $3,490
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Nara Morning Walking  Tour

See the great sights Nara has to offer! Travel from Kyoto to Nara by Kintetsu Express Train, where you can... View More

Nara Afternoon Tour

See the great sights Nara has to offer! Travel from Kyoto to Nara by bus, where you can visit Todaiji, home... View More

Kyoto & Nara 1 Day Tour

See the main sights of two of Japan's ancient capitals all in one day! This tour takes you on a morning tour... View More


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