NARA Travelers Guide

Visit Nagato Yamaguchi Japan

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All About the Great Buddha

The Great Buddha has been watching Nara for more than 1,000 years. Why was such an enormous statue of Buddha built here in Nara? Let’s look back at its long history from the introduction of Buddhism to the major repair to restore it to its original state.

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Stroll Around Naramachi (Town of Nara)

Starting as a town of shrines and temples, “Naramachi” prospered as a town of commerce for a long time. You can fully enjoy its nostalgic townscape, where a lot of old merchant houses till remain. Walk around narrow alleys in the town, and then you will find your favorite spots.

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Tradition Craftsmanship Handed Down to Artisans

A variety of excellent craft works and specialties have been produced from a creative climate over a long history. Ink brushes, India ink, and bleached cloth are main specialties of Nara. Integration between tradition and contemporary taste is also attractive.

Around Nara

Experience a different Nara at morning, during the day, and at night. From the city center overflowing with World Heritage Sites, to the legends of the master swordsmen of the Yagyu clan, this area whose fields produced some of the very first Japanese tea has many delights to offer visitors.

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World Heritage Sites