Nara - The Ancient Capital

Kyoto, Japan

Spend an afternoon exploring Nara, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 - 784, before the capital was moved to Heain-kyo (present day Kyoto), with its freely roaming herds of deer, ancient streets and spectacular temples.

Today you'll travel by private vehicle to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan in the 8th Century. Once you arrive in Nara, you will visit Nara Park, a large pleasant park in the centre of the city. Commonly known as “Deer Park,” it is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, a symbol of the city and regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto Religion.

You'll then make your way to the Kasugataisha Shrine, originally established in 768A.D. as the shrine of the powerful Fujiwara Family. See the magnificent interior famous for its numerous bronze

hanging lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up to the shrine. Move on to the gigantic Todaiji temple, reputedly the largest wooden buildings in the world and one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples to be overwhelmed by the giant statue of Buddha Virocana.

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