‘Nara Park’ which is one of the famous parks in Japan has around 660 hectare, ergo it’s definitely impossible to go and look at all objects there, except someone who has a confidence in his/her physical capability. Then, I’d introduce the highlights of Nara and some foodie destinations having relaxed atmospheres.
In this park, there are temples, statues of Buddha, deer and so on… which are symbols of Nara. I really recommend you to go there!
- 1 What’s ‘Nara Park’?
- 2 The spots visitors feel the great nature
- 3 The foodie destinations around ‘Nara Park’
- 4 Immersing fantastic world in Special seasonal events
- 5 How is this?
What’s ‘Nara Park’?
It has tremendous area which bagged almost 660 hectare, and there are ‘Todaiji’ and ‘Kasuga Taisha’ that are popular as Japanese traditional buildings. Additionally, it has still left nature, such as a lot of trees and around 1100 of deer in this park. Anumber of people can enjoy watching ‘sakura (cherry blossom)’ in spring and ‘momiji (read leaves)’ in autumn.
Unfortunately, it’s quite huge! So you can’t watch everything there even though there are many highlights. Thus, I’m going to introduce some spots you can’t miss.
Definitely, it’s one of the most famous historical structures in Japan because it accommodates the hugest statue of Buddha called ‘Nara’s Daibutsu’. In Nara era, the then empire established it in order to calm any disasters such us plagues and serious famines.
This accommodation of a vast statue is well-known as the biggest wooden building all over the world. But it had suffered from fire twice, hence in Edo period, renovations carried out.
What huge ‘the Great Buddha of Nara’ is! The height of it is more than 15 feet, as for the palm, it records nearly 9 feet. You’d better compare your body!
It’s also a popular building there, which is located in Noboriooji-cho, Nara city. In particular, the Five-Storied Pagoda which is registered as a National Heritage in Japan has exceeding 17 feet, and is a second highest wooden building after the Five-Storied Pagoda in Touji that is sat in Kyoto. Formerly, there were more than 175 temples and shrines around there.
If you want to see a fantastic scenery of it, why don’t you go there at night! It is because it’s illuminated through all seasons.
‘Nanendo’ is also one of the renowned buildings, which has been designated as a important cultural property. The form of this temple is octagonal remarkably. Besides, the wisteria trellis is chosen as the eight beautiful sceneries around there.
In Kofukuji, there are a lot of national treasures and important cultural properties, especially the Five-Stories Pagoda and the Three-Stories Pagoda can be seen outside of these temples, but the majority of those valuables are stored in the National Treasure museum where everyone can enter to come into contact with such valuables. Particularly, the statue of ‘Ashura’ you shouldn’t miss.
‘Kasuga Taisha’ which has been registered as the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998 has impressive vermilion. Additionally, there are 17 wards, including the main building, which are designated as the important cultural assets. Although it was established in Nara period for the sake of govern the ‘Heijo City’, it has still existed.
Deer which God rode from Ibaragi to Nara before is worshiped as a messenger of God. Please look up on them during taking picture.
Talking about ‘Kasuga Taisha’, people are able to imagine garden lanterns because of the number of them which are more than 3000. Since before, many people have lighted a lamp putting their prayers and desires.
Ema which means a picture tablet offered to people’s Deity for the realization of their wishes is pretty due to it shapes deer’s face.
The spots visitors feel the great nature
This name comes from its surface covered by bright green lawn. You can enjoy watching sunset and Nara valley, as well as night scene.
On the top of this mountain, an ancient Japanese tomb called ’Uguisuduka-Kofun’ exists. One phrase in a famous Japanese historical book presented this tomb.
‘Kasugayama-Genshirin’It is registered as a special natural monument. This location has been protected as a holy ground since hunting and cutting logs is banned above 1100 years ago. I recommend walking on Kasugayama-promenade running almost 9.4 km if you want to come into contact with nature.
Besides, you can run into deer and appreciate the vitality of nature in this forest. It’s admitted as the World Heritage.
The foodie destinations around ‘Nara Park’
This Japanese style café is located inside of Nara Park, and it takes about 10 minutes from Todaiji. This store has been established around 140 years ago. You enable to eat ‘Kudzu’ which is cooked by a original way
The majority of people often order this Japanese style confectionery because it’s really tasty. You can’t experience this feeling which Kudzu melts in your mouth, except there! Not only that, but you can also try Maccha together. Give it a go!
‘Shizuka’ is a Kamameshi restaurant, which is placed near the Nara National Museum. Kamameshi means rice boiled with various ingredients in a small pot and served individually. This restaurant has a diverse of menu yearly and seasonally. You will be impressed with Japanese traditional food.
This is ‘Kamameshi with crab’. It tastes lightly seasoned, but you don’t feel bland due to the essence of ingredients which is sufficiently permeated into rice. You can eat brand-new dishes. Don’t worry, if you wondered how to eat this meal. There is a explanation of the way how you eat properly on the table.
In Nara Park, this Japanese café is near ‘Todaiji Nigatsudo. It’s a stable place to take a rest after rambling inside the park.
This café serve Japanese tea, such as green tea and Roasted tea, brewed by the old pot which has been utilized for over 200 years. You can spend luxurious time there.
Indeed, you feel nostalgic of the ancient history during eating Japanese confectionaries they serve like rice cake covered red beans and so on.
Immersing fantastic world in Special seasonal events
‘Nara-tokae’Schedule: 5th (Fri) to 14th (Sun) of August in this year
Basically, this event is practiced only for 10 days on the beginning of August every year from 1999. During this, a lot of candles are arranged in a whole area of Nara Park, and then the mystical scenery is generated with these lights.
‘Toka’ means the mass of the wax on a wick formed flower, it’s regarded as a lucky charm on Buddhism. Could you pray your fortune to this mystical light?
How is this?
‘Nara Park’ has an ancient history. I want you to walk and watch all of objects, but it’s impossible to do in a day because of this extent. Would you enjoy this park following this guidance?