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Nara

What is Nara?

With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of “traditional Japan.” The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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Climate

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Getting Around

Just 33 kilometers east of Osaka and 38 kilometers south of Kyoto, Nara Station is an easy 50-minute train ride on the JR Osaka Loop Line and 46 minutes on the Nara Line from Kyoto. Hiking in Yoshino is best done as a day trip from Kyoto for 2,550 yen round trip: Take the Kintetsu Limited Express, change at Kashiharajingu-Mae Station and disembark at Yoshino Station, where you can enter the Shimo Senbon (lower area) of Mount Yoshino.

Get Around Nara
2017-06-06
Get Around Nara

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