What to Expect
600 years later, in 790, a young man stepped into the land of the capital.
His name was Kukai, a very talented man.
His uncle, impressed by his brilliance, encouraged him to study at the capital.
He 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 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 that attract young people.
But here in Nara, you will find an ancient atmosphere that you cannot feel anywhere in other places.