This is a PR movie of Nara prefecture created by Nara prefecture and an artist Ryo Inoue who creates contents with theme of “fun”.
The concept of the movie is “Sightseeing in Nara” that features great places, events, local food and more.
It shows new attractions of historical places to the world.
What Kind of city is Nara?
Nara used to be called “Yamato” and has many important historical architectures such as shrines and temples that have been there for over 1300 years.
It’s one of the most popular destinations of Japan because of those cultural properties and the World heritage sites.
After a long time, Nara became an extraordinary place that has both attractions of ancient heritage and the modern culture.
Access to Center of Nara
Arriving by bus:
Approximately 1 hour from Itami Airport to Kintetsu Nara station or JR Nara station.
Approximately 1 hour 25 minutes from Kansai International Airport to Kintetsu Nara station or JR Nara station.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes from JR Kansai Airport station to Nara station.
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from Nankai Densha Kansai International Airport station to Kintetsu Nara station via Nankai(Kintetsu)Nanba station.
3 Must-see Spots to Visit When in Nara
A huge park includes Todaiji-temple, Kasuga-shrine and Kohukuji-temple.
About 1500 Shika deer freely roaming around in the park and they are known as bowing deer.
It’s one of the largest wooden buildings in the world and famous for the biggest Buddha statue.
The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara.
This Buddhist temple is also known as one of the most famous temples in Japan.
In 1993, Hōryū-ji was inscribed together with Hokki-ji as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area.
3 Must-eat Dishes to Order When You Visit Nara
Nara is located inland so fish was very precious source of protein long time ago.
Fish for Kakinoha-zushi is salted to preserve, and wrapped with persimmon leaves not to get dried.
Since then, it’s been popular local food in Nara prefecture.
Ramen is originally from China but it became one of the most popular Japanese food now.
Nara prefecture has original ramen called “Tenri ramen” that was made in Tenri-shi and it’s been loved by both locals and tourists.
Yoshino kuzu is kind of kuzuko (starch powder made from kuzu plant.) from Yoshino-shi area.
It can be enjoyed as sweets such as Kuzukiri with Kuromitsu (Japanese traditional sugar syrup) and kinako (roasted soybean flour usually mixed with sugar). Also it can be udon as well.
3 Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Nara
“So” is like cheese made in Nara in ancient period.
You can find it in souvenir stores and taste the Japanese traditional cheese!
Narazuke is pickled daikon radish seasoned in Sake lees that is leftover from making Sake.
It has a bit strong flavor so, if you don’t like it, you can also try Narazuke flavored cookies!
Fude means brushes in Japanese. Nara is known as the birthplace of making brushes in Japan and the Nara fude is one of the best traditional crafts. All the processes of creating Narafude is done by hand to keep the highest quality and craftsman needs many years of experiences.
The Dialect of Nara
Inu … going back
Iran … unpleasant or disagreeable
Otoroshi … pain in the neck or annoying
Nemaru … feeling down from fatigue
Why don’t you visit attractive city of Nara prefecture?
Nara tabi net
Photos : Nara Visitors Bureau