Nara remains so far my favourite spot to visit, it has a special atmosphere, it feels like a small village although it is a real city with 365.000 people. It used to be the capital of Japan
What is special about it is you can walk around easily, it has a truly Japan way of life flavour, not overloaded with tourists (yet) like Kyoto can be, all sites can be visited in one day walking
It is the city for deers, they wander all around, but watch out, they remain wild animals and can bite if you are too sticky!
3000 lanterns display in the park a peaceful spirit, I spent a day again in January, it was so special as many families were coming to pray. again, I loved it
What a beautiful day, a beautiful city. Nara, so far, remains my favourite place to visit in Japan, always peaceful, calmer than Kyoto, walkable, compact.
This Sunday, I decided to go early morning and walk around. It is always good to pay a visit to the shrine in January. I got my fair share yesterday, so many shrines in one place!
Nara used to be Japan capital and has 3 world heritage sites, you may access via the Kintestu train lines, the station is very close to the park and the monuments. I took the JR line to Nara JR Station, 50mn in rapid train from Osaka. It is 15mn walk additional vs Kintestu but you go along the shopping street, that’s ok.
Special from Nara are of course the deers but I was very happy to see that it is also Tsukemono (pickle vegetable) just like in Kyoto. I love those (watch the photos) and Kudzu. I just received kudzu as a gift on Saturday and saw different types and flavours at the train station shop, it is a powder that you pour hot water over, it becomes a sticky juice and tastes matcha, ginger, etc.. it looks a bit like jelly, very healthy and plenty of flavour
Allow 1 day to enjoy the city. I would recommend you go in the morning to appreciate the peace and quiet before the tourist groups arrive for their rush visit. There are 4 main locations around the park with the Daibutsu being the main attraction. All have their enchantment.