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“The quaintness of a small city in Japan.”
Review of Nara

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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1 review
“The quaintness of a small city in Japan.”
Reviewed November 1, 2010

Japan is a beautiful country who's cities of culture, energy and pace intrigue the visitor, but none is so captivating as the small city of Nara. Our daughter took us to this quaint city to experience staying at a Ryokan -- traditional Japanese lodging. The proprietor was warm and gracious. The name of her place is Ryokan Matsumae [--]. There is a small lake in the middle of the city surrounded by a walkway and benches where you can sit and watch the birds, turtles, tourists and locals. There are many walking tours taking you to a park which is home to 1200 deer, many Pagodas, one of which is the second tallest in Japan, and beautiful shrines where the cherry blossoms are magnificent (depending on the time of year). We were there the end of March and they were beautiful. Another walk took us to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine with millions of stone lanterns along the walkway. We ate dinner at Tempura Asuka which I would highly recommend. While my husband and daughter went to the local bar for drinks and karaoke, I took advantage of a traditional Japanese bath. The morning brought a choice of a traditional Japanese breakfast or a western breakfast. We had both -- the food was excellent. I will never forget Nara, I loved it. It is also close to Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto all of which are highlights of Japan.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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135 reviews
84 helpful votes
“Exceptional Experience.”
Reviewed October 15, 2010

Once arriving at Nara from Kyoto (long train trip) we were surprised to see how large and bustling this exciting little town was.

There is an information desk at the train station where you can get a map and directions to the main attractions.

The main road that goes up to the temples and park is filled with interesting shops and great little cafes.

There is an arcade about half way up full of shops that sell handicrafts and great little antiques (well, coming from Australia, we think anything over 100 years old is an antique).

After you leave the shopping precinct. you come across the temples and the deer park. There is slso a rather big pond there filled with lovely little turtles, who will come up to the top of the water when you approach the edge.

The temples are interesting and very old and hold a lot of significance for the Japanese.

The deer are really cute and you can buy some biscuits to feed them. There are notices everywhere about not chasing the deer and not to let children hit and tease them.

Unfortunately, while we were there there was a man teasing the deer with the biscuits and trying to make this one deer chase him, and a little child about 2years old was encouraged to chase and touch the deer one of which turned around and butted him.

Very strange, the child was with his grandparents who thought it was funny.

There didn't seem to be any park rangers there to look after the animals and stop this sort of behaviour.

Even so, we thought it was a beautiful and will certainly visit again.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
“NAra”
Reviewed November 15, 2009

A must see visit for anyone in the Osaka, Kyoto region. Not only is it a quaint little town to explore, the main park with all the museums should not be missed. Deer run wild here and deer sembei crackers are sold to tourists to feed them. If you aren't too afraid, the deer will go through your pockets, bags and even nipped me in the bum for a cracker. The experience was glorious.

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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173 reviews
155 helpful votes
“A quiet getaway from Osaka”
Reviewed March 30, 2009

Having spent 3 days in frenetic and bustling Osaka, spending a day in Nara was fantastic. It was peaceful and a picture of what tranquil Japan is.

I'd recommend a day trip to Nara to just have a quiet stroll around and calm the senses.

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