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GUIDED TOURWhat you should see in Nara.X54

I will meet you in Osaka or in Nara and show you around in Nara visiting the places below and others.

Route Nara World Heritage: Gangoji TempleWorld Heritage: Todaiji TempleWorld Heritage: Kofukuji TempleWorld Heritage: Kasuga Taisha Shrine (1 day)

Airport/Sta. (Arrival/Departure) Osaka International Airport / Osaka International Airport

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Osaka International Airport

about 37.9kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeWorld Heritage: Gangoji Temple

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At the center of Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara, lies one of Japan's oldest temples. Gangoji Temple is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and once was a huge temple comparable to...

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A quiet and old temple. You should start your Nara tour from here.
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At the center of Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara, lies one of Japan's oldest temples. Gangoji Temple is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and once was a huge temple comparable to Todaiji and Kofukuji Temples during the Nara period (710-794). The temple's tiled roofs are considered the oldest in Japan.

This spot is located a little away from the current center of Nara City, and you can enjoy a laid-back stroll with time seemingly flowing very slow. Based on a legend that a goblin was dispatched by a thunder god in this temple, there are many stone statues of goblins lying in the precincts. The natural stone in the north precinct, which looks like a toad, is also an tourist attraction.

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A quiet and old temple. You should start your Nara tour from here.

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World Heritage: Gangoji TempleWorld Heritage: Gangoji TempleWorld Heritage: Gangoji Temple

about 1.3kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeWorld Heritage: Todaiji Temple

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Todaiji Temple, which houses Japan's largest bronze statue of Buddha, was erected in the 8th century during the Nara Period (710-794). In the massive wooden hall, the 15m-tall Great Buddha is seate...

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Everything is big. You will find a long history and how people in those days believe in the big Buddha . Deer are pretty too.
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Todaiji Temple, which houses Japan's largest bronze statue of Buddha, was erected in the 8th century during the Nara Period (710-794). In the massive wooden hall, the 15m-tall Great Buddha is seated with his right hand lightly raised in the gesture of preaching, and flanked by other deities.

There is a wooden column with a hole (allegedly the same size as the Great Buddha's nostril), and if you can wiggle your body through it, you will have good luck.

The temple is reached though Nara Park where you see an amazing number of roaming deer and the Nandaimon Gate, a huge wooded structure with intricate carving.

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Todaiji is the temple complex composed of many Buddhist buildings such as Great Buddha Hall, Hokke-do, Nigatu-do and etc.

Inside the Great Budha Hall, there is a miniature model of original Todaiji Temple at the scale of one to 50. By the way, the staue of Great Buddha sit in the open air for nearly 120 years as the original hall was destroyed by wartime fire in 16th century.

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Everything is big. You will find a long history and how people in those days believe in the big Buddha . Deer are pretty too.

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World Heritage: Todaiji TempleWorld Heritage: Todaiji TempleWorld Heritage: Todaiji Temple

about 0.8kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeWorld Heritage: Kofukuji Temple

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This temple was founded in 710, the same time the capital of Nara was established. The temple is famous for its 50m-high five-story pagoda, the country's second tallest following that of Toji Templ...

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I don't remember how many times I visited this place. I really love this area and I can walk as if I walk in my garden. I will take you to a hidden path, where you would see yourself that you don't know . While walking in the p...
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This temple was founded in 710, the same time the capital of Nara was established. The temple is famous for its 50m-high five-story pagoda, the country's second tallest following that of Toji Temple in Kyoto. In the precincts is recently renovated National Treasure Museum that display the temple's Buddhist art collection. A three-faced, six-armed statue of Ashura is very imposing. This is the nearest sight from Nara stations.

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I don't remember how many times I visited this place. I really love this area and I can walk as if I walk in my garden. I will take you to a hidden path, where you would see yourself that you don't know . While walking in the path, chatting is prohibited. You would be alone to face real you.

World Heritage: Kofukuji Temple

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World Heritage: Kofukuji TempleWorld Heritage: Kofukuji TempleWorld Heritage: Kofukuji Temple

about 1.4kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeWorld Heritage: Kasuga Taisha Shrine

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This shrine was built in the 8th century and lies at the southeastern fringes of Nara Park. Thousands stone lanterns stand along the long approach leading to the shrine and hundreds bronze lanterns...

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If you visit this shrine in the deep mountain with lots of stone lanterns donated by people across Japan, the sights will remain long in your memory.
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This shrine was built in the 8th century and lies at the southeastern fringes of Nara Park. Thousands stone lanterns stand along the long approach leading to the shrine and hundreds bronze lanterns are hanging from around the buildings. These lanterns, all donated by worshipers, are lit twice during the Lantern Festivals in February and August.

Until the 19th century, this shrine had been completely rebuild every 20 years according to Shinto tradition. The roaming deer, considered sacred messengers of the Shinto gods, welcome you on the approach, and the deer-shaped omikuji (fortune slips) can be a good souvenir. Occasionally Shinto-style weddings are taking place in the precincts.

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World Heritage: Kasuga Taisha Shrine
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If you visit this shrine in the deep mountain with lots of stone lanterns donated by people across Japan, the sights will remain long in your memory.

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Situated at a hill-side with old Japanese cypress trees and cidars, this place really has sacred atmosphere. You sill like it together with lots of lovely deer

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World Heritage: Kasuga Taisha ShrineWorld Heritage: Kasuga Taisha ShrineWorld Heritage: Kasuga Taisha Shrine

about 39.3kmGoogle Transit

Departure

Osaka International Airport