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A Juvenile Prison in Nara to Be Turned Into Japan’s First Prison Hotel?

When you think of prison, you think of a cold, uncomfortable place with barred doors and no windows. You think of a place where toilet bowls are unclean and beds are worn-out. It is something that holds back your freedom. But can you imagine a prison building being turned into a hotel? This is one…

5 Must-Visit Temples in Nara Flourishing With Gorgeous Flowers

Japan is a country symbolic of temples and shrines. The former capital of Japan, Nara (奈良), played a great cultural importance in shaping the country’s history. It is where majestic temples that are lavishly decorated with different varieties of flowers stand. Many of these temples are located in high areas such as hilltops which make…

5 Unique Reasons Why Nara Park is a Must-Visit for All Travelers to Japan!

One of the ancient capitals, Nara is a famous destination that is sadly often overlooked by tourists as it is so close to other popular cities such as Osaka and Kyoto. However, one of the crowning glories of Nara and indeed the main reason to visit Nara is because of its park. Nara Koen is…

Todaiji Temple and The Big Buddha: Learn About the Most Famous Statue in Nara

Nara park is a large open space with temples, museums and gardens enough to keep most tourists entertained for several days, especially if you work in a few rounds of feeding the deer. But the biggest attraction of the park is the Todaiji Temple – a complex of several buildings, the most famous of which…

Visit the Eastern Golden Hall of Kohfukuji Temple and Admire Its Treasures

If you make a pilgrimage to Nara and find yourself in Nara Koen (the park) there are countless things to see in the extensive grounds. At Kohfukuji there are three golden halls, the Eastern one (Tohkondo) having been rebuilt six times due to destruction by fire. The original building (built in 726) was commissioned by…

Naramachi Museum: A Trove of Local Treasures Off the Beaten Track

While it’s always nice to visit the big, famous museums in the cities you go to in Japan, it can also be worth your while to seek out less well-known museums for an insight into something a bit different. Going down the road less traveled can introduce you to tourist attractions that are known only…

Visit Hokke-do to View the Exquisite Ancient Statues in Nara Koen

The Todaiji Temple complex in Nara Koen encompasses the Great Buddha Hall, the Todaiji Museum, and many other buildings besides. However, rather than the biggest tourist attraction in the area (the great Buddha), it was Hokke-do (the statue hall) which stole my heart and was, in my opinion, the most interesting and unique thing I…

The Nara National Museum: a Plethora of Art and History Nestled in Nature

Nara Koen (Nara Park) is famous for several reasons, namely its shika deer and the large Buddha statue which is a prime attraction in the park. But aside from these, and no less worthy of a visit is the Nara National Museum. Viewing this vast collection of Buddhist art is a fitting way to learn…

An Inexpensive Day Trip to Nara: 4 Must-See Places to Visit

When Nara is mentioned, the first place that comes to mind is the Nara Deer Park where more than a thousand deer roam freely. However, did you know that Nara was Japan’s first permanent capital? This was in around 710 in the Nara Era when the city was known as ‘Heijokyo’. It is one of…

Nara Dreamland: A Happy Place that Turned Into an Abandoned Ghost Town

In the year 1961, a theme park was built in Nara as a response to the popular California Disneyland, and it was called Nara Dreamland. The park looked almost identical to Disneyland: its entrance looked the same, and there is a fairy tale castle. However, due to the declining number of visitors every year, the…