Nara Japan Travel Guide

Nara Travel and Bento

Deer eating vegetablesOur guide brought vegetable scraps from her home to feed the deer. Traditionally in Nara people can buy rice crackers and make the deer bow their heads. Some deer bowed for the vegetable peelings. I also saw a deer bow her head when I did not have food with me.

The deer in Nara are known for being slightly aggressive in search of food. This sign warns visitors that the deer can bite, kick, butt, and knock down people. I did see many people carry their dogs past the deer. It is probably best not to bring your dog to Nara.

Our guide shared with us the spiritual aspects of visiting this temple. She also shared information about how they clean the Buddha and showed us photos from a book. It made the whole experience more meaningful having a person tell us details that we may have otherwise been unaware.

Sign Warning about Deer

We also visited the Isuien Garden. It was on the list of things we wanted to see with our guide. It is such an amazing, beautiful place. Words or photos do not do it justice.

These trees have what is called komomaki (straw covers). They are used in the winter. The Pine Moth goes into the straw and in the spring gardeners remove the straw and burn it, eliminating the Pine Moth. A detailed explanation about komomaki is here.

I was impressed by this pattern made with pine needles. I do not know if this is typical to see in Japanese gardens but I don’t think I had seen it before.

In the afternoon my Mom and I met my language exchange partner who lived within a day trip from Nara. It was so wonderful to spend time in person with her instead of speaking via Skype! Since she knew I was interested in Japanese latte art, she found a cafe in Nara for us to have coffee. The coffee and dessert were so cute and delicious!

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Where to visit in Japan?

I am going to Japan for around 3 weeks and was wondering where people recommend I visit. I am locking in around 10 days in Tokyo, when my friend will be there, but am wanting advice as to how I should spend the rest of my time. I am keen to spend some time in Kyoto but there is clearly so much else to do and I'm struggling to figure out exactly what.

While I am interested in visiting some shrines and temples, I can only do that for so long. I really appreciate beautiful sceneries and cool cities. If anyone has been to Japan and were blown away by some places, or really…

Hello Nick, The must see places in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kanazawa, Takayama, shirakawago, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Pick up a good travel guide like Lonely Planet Japan before you visit as this will help you plan your trip to see and Do in Japan

Traditional Japan

Kyoto - home to more than 2000 shrines and temples
Nara - ancient capital and the birthplace of Japanese culture
Kanazawa - with the best preserved samurai and geisha districts in Japan

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Tokyo - home to more Michelin star restaurants…

Day trips in Japan, suggestions?

I have multiple questions.

Should I go on a trip to Hokkaido by myself or find some friends to go with?
On that same Hokkaido trip, should I extend it to include some parts of Tohoku?
If I do, what are some good things to do in Tohoku?

Other things to do:
I want to travel a bit more, and thinking perhaps day or two day trips might be a good idea.
Where are some good places to go? My home base is Osaka.
Please no suggestions for around Kansai, because I'm waiting until August when I can get a 3 day Kansai Spring Pass which will let…

I live in Hokkaido.
I think that I had better see the sights of Hokkaido for three days if you can run.
Tohoku region is the same, too.
Where is the spot that you want to see the sights of?
If movement time and distance, the time of the train want to know it, please ask me a question.
About the contents of a concrete schedule, I think that I can give you some advice.

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