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Nara city was once the capital of Japan, from 710 to 794 AD, lending its name to the Nara Period. Nara is the capital of Nara Prefecture, located in the very heart of the Kansai region.
Many temples and shrines still remain in Nara, and along with the Kasugayama Primeval Forest, all form ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Nara Park is famous for it’s amazing preserved history, but perhaps more so due to the free-roaming and sacred deer (Shika). There are over 1200 deer roaming around Nara park. You can take selfies with them, feed them and even communicate with them by bowing. They will bow their heads to say please and thank you when you feed them deer senbei (rice crackers).
All of this stunningly well-preserved history and cultural importance make it an essential place to visit during your stay in Japan. Nara city and Nara Park (where all the action is at) is very accessible and sits just over 25 km east of central Osaka, and around 30 km south of central Kyoto.
Train rides from either of these cities are no more than 45 mins, making it a great day trip from either Osaka or Kyoto. Nara is on the Kintetsu lines, which don't need Japan rail passes to get to, but a Japan Rail Pass will be useful if you're travelling around Japan. It'll save you money, hassle, and by buying yours via this website, you're supporting this website, so thank you!!! Click here to buy one, or on the ad below.
29 Oct 2019
Washuzan Highland was once home to the Guinness World Record for the longest rollercoaster ride, an uninterrupted 1,050 laps on the Star Jet Line lasting just over 35 hours. Come explore this fascinating, slightly post-apocalyptic place with Kansai Local!
29 Oct 2019
Taiyo Park: Travel the Wonders of the World in this Eerie Theme Park A nursing home for the elderly and people with disabilities sits adjacent to a run down replica of the Great Wall of China. Welcome to Taiyo Park. Explore the Kansai Local guide to the spooky Taiyo Park!
01 Jul 2019
Single use plastic in Japan is a massive issue. A few friends and I organised a volunteer trash pick up with on the pretty island of Awaji.