STAFF INTRODUCTION

Nathan Guide/Assistant

Hello!
I'm Nathan and I'm from the USA.

After graduating from university and moving to the Republic of Korea for a brief period, I came to Nara Prefecture to pursue my interest of learning more about the country of Japan and its history. Living in the Nara Basin, I took it upon myself to explore the area by bicycle, often following riverside roads as a way of navigating the landscape. As I continued to explore, I became increasingly impressed by the amazing amount of things to see in Nara, from the abundance of historical sights to the beautiful natural scenery.

Being someone who enjoys spending time outdoors, I was eventually drawn to the southern mountains of Nara Prefecture where I found work in local tourism in the town of Yoshino. This laid the foundation for my current position here at the Nara Visitors Bureau.

I hope to use the knowledge I have accumulated over the years to promote the amazing place that is Nara Prefecture and create interesting tour experiences for everyone.
Nathan Nathan

Latest Blog

The Mind Trail Art Festival of Nara

For the last 3 fall seasons, Nara has been host to a unique event known as “Mind Trail” which features art exhibits cleverly integrated into the local landscape that often defy conventional description. Pe...

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The Niukawakami Shrines of Southern Nara Prefecture

In southern mountains of Nara Prefecture are 3 shrines that share the same name, but are separated by kilometers of land and significant elevation differences. These are the Niukawakami Shrines (丹生川上神社), built t...

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Nara and the Japanese Wolf

This blog post will briefly discuss the Japanese wolf (aka “Honshu wolf”), a species that once could be found throughout the islands of Japan.     In Japanese culture, wild animals have long been...

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About the Sacred Deer of Nara Park

Nara Park, with its huge herd of human-friendly deer (known in Japanese as “shika”), is easily the most famous sightseeing location in Nara Prefecture, and perhaps the only thing that most people now about...

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Nara’s Hase-dera Temple: A Vast Temple Complex Hidden in the Mountains

Located in a scenic a mountain valley just east of the Nara Basin, Hase-dera is one of Nara’s largest temple complexes and is the headquarters of the Buzan sub-sect of Shingon Buddhism.  It makes for a great day...

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