We visited Nara just for a day from Osaka, but after the excellent Nara-Machi walking tour, would like to stay overnight on our next visit. Nara-Machi is a warren full of intriguing, ancient shops and houses. It's also dotted with places specialising in tofu cuisine, soba and Michelin star restaurants - all of which require prior booking. We didn't know this until we visited, and so would probably stay the night next time and spend the first day exploring Nara-Machi, then hitting up Todaiji Temple and Nara Park early the following morning to escape the crowds. A lovely destination that probably doesn't get much credit but is definitely worth a trip!
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