NARA TOURISM BOARD
A peaceful, picturesque town perched at the edge of an immense park, Nara symbolizes the true spirit of Japan. Being the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, it has served as a portal for Buddhism and foreign culture, and stood witness to thousands of years of history and cultural evolution.
Today, it presents these ancient gems of Japan’s heritage, that tell the tale of Japanese emergence. That, and its abundant natural wealth. Nara’s iconic symbol is the colossal bronze Daibutsu (Great Buddha) housed in Tōdai-ji, the world’s largest wooden building. This majestic temple overlooks the vast Nara Park in which sacred deer roam freely. Nara also boasts other remarkable temples and shrines, like the Kōfuku-ji with its 5-storey pagoda, and the Kasuga Taisha, a small Shinto Shrine illuminated with hanging lanterns, casting ethereal beauty. A destination for all seasons, springtime is especially alluring at Mt.Yoshino, when cloaked by abundant cherry blossoms, as in autumn when the mountainside is ablaze with colors of the fall. Asuka’s rice terraces also display the dazzling green of Japan’s rural landscape. Nara is small, yet packed with everything authentic, right from its quaint lantern-illuminated streets, to its sacred Mt. Kasuga, from its rustic wooden buildings to the heady incense that permeates the streets below Nigatsu-do temple. It is a town that enriches the experiences of every traveller who traverses its historic pathways.