What to Expect
600 years later, in 790, a young man stepped into the land of the capital. He was a very talented man.
His uncle, impressed by his brilliance, encouraged him to study at the capital.
He was young Kukai, later became the greatest priest Japan has produced.
To the young man who just came from a small local town, the capital must have been a dream-like city.
He studied at Daianji Temple, Todaiji Temple, and Gangoji Temple.
In those days temples in Nara were a kind of national university.
The young monks who completed university education were dispatched to local towns as a priest or official.
Ancient Nara was a big educational town as well as a political center.
1200 years has passed since then.
Now in this city, unlike Tokyo or Osaka, there is nothing new and exciting.
No skyscrapers, amusement parks, or entertainment facilities which attract young people.
In Nara you have calmness, quietness, and slow time flowing.
But here is one thing that any other city in Japan doesn't have. This is what is called the essence of this city.
Get off at Nara Station.
Just in front you, just in front of your eyes extends the original image created 1200 years ago.
Kukai would miss the days he spent while young.
One of my guests said,"One thousand years later, you won't see today's Tokyo, but you will see this ancient city as it is."
The following is my recommendations.
Horyuji is the oldest wooden building in the world.
It was built in the 7th century and has been preserved in the original shape.
Japan's first world heritage site.
Todaiji Temple and the Great Buddha Statue
Nara park is famous as Deer Park.
There are three world heritage sites in it.
Todaiji Temple and the Great Buddha Statue are the most important masterpieces in the 8th century.
Its five storied pagoda is elegant and beautiful, and it is the symbol of Japan's ancient architectural structures.
Many of Japan's most important Buddha statues are stored here.
It is an old town. It has preserved the traditional merchant houses and still retains an old atmosphere.
You may enter merchant houses and watch and learn people's daily lives.
Here are many unique shops, souvenir shops, various restaurants.