Journey to the Heart of Japan
by NVBT team
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Many of you who are reading this blog might know all there is to know about Nara already but let us have an opportunity to talk a little bit about why Nara is a very special place on this blog…
The Birthplace of Japan
Beginning in Nara with Heijokyo, the nation’s first capital, Japan’s history as a unified state dates back 1300 years to the Nara Period. Around this time, Buddhism flourished and arts and architecture were at their peak. Nara’s rich heritage spans ancient monuments, sacred mountain trails and some of Japan’s oldest temples and shrines. Many of these are included in the three World Heritage sites that cover the region.
In Harmony with Nature
From the deer that roam Nara Park, once believed to be messengers of the gods, to the ancient cedars that line the approach to Ohmiwa Jinja Shrine and the sacred trails through the mountains of Yoshino and Omine, history is inextricably linked with nature in Nara. The vast grounds of shrines and temples free from the crowds of Kyoto, offer scenic views and the chance to sightsee at a leisurely pace. A visit to Nara is to discover both the natural beauty and history of Japan.
Japan’s Spiritual Heartland
Nara is located in the center of the Kii Peninsula, between Wakayama and Mie, a short train ride from Kyoto and Osaka. Home to sacred sites such as Ise Jingu Shrine, the grand shrines of Kumano (Kumano Sanzan) and mountaintop temple complex Koyasan, the peninsula is considered the nation’s spiritual heartland. Nara boasts many of its own sacred sites and visit-worthy destinations and is the starting point of one of the World Heritage Kumano Trails.
The roots of Japan, Nara is a diverse destination, spiritually important and abound in nature.
It is the perfect setting for a truly unique Japanese experience.
（Extracted The Official Nara Travel Guide website (www.visitnara.jp)）
There are many more reasons to experience Nara and we will be sharing great charms of the region through this blog.
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