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4 Best things to see & do in Nara

  • Nara, Kansai, Japan

Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine

  • Nara, Kansai, Japan

Red temple in forest

Experience

This UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to 768, is the shrine of the once-powerful Fukjiwara clan and an outstanding example of kasuga-zukuri architecture. Nara’s most important shrine is also renowned for hundreds of bronze lanterns, donated by worshippers and lit twice a year during for lantern festivals.

Good for age: 18+

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  • Nara, Kansai, Japan

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A dramatic Buddhist fire ceremony of giant swinging torches famously performed at the Todai-ji temple in Nara each year, to cleanse the people of sin and welcome in the spring.

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 10-45 minutes

When: 10-14th March

Freq: annually

Isuien Garden

  • Nara, Kansai, Japan

Hill trail

Experience

Meaning ‘garden founded on water’, Isuien is a gorgeous Japanese garden dating back to the 17th century. It’s filled with ponds, colourful acer trees and a smattering of traditional tea houses.

Adult price: 6

Good for age: 13+

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