Kasuga Grand Shrine

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…

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…

Did You Miss New Year in Japan? A Guide to Spending Your Next New Year in Nara

2016 is already here, and yet it’s never too late to take a look at the Japanese way of spending the night between years, and the first day of the new year. And what better place to explore the oshougatsu (お正月) practices, than the old capital, Nara. If you’re looking to spend the New Year…

Be Mystified by the Glowing Lanterns at the Setsubun Mantoro Festival!

A burning lamp or lantern has a special meaning in Japan. The light helps people overcome the darkness of ignorance. One festival in Nara has more than 3,000 lanterns being lit every year. This is known as “Setsubun Mantoro.” At this time, many celebrations are done all over Japanese shrines. flickr.com/ The Background goldenjipangu.com/ February…

Nara, Deeply Rich with History and Cute Deer!

Nara used to be the capital of Japan from 710 to 794 and even celebrated its 1,300th anniversary of its ascension as Japan’s Imperial capital in 2010. These days, Nara has developed into a local center of commerce and government. It has a very mountainous region which is the perfect place for viewing cherry blossoms…