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The first capital city of Japan, Nara is still home to many important scenic and historical sites. Overshadowed by its more famous neighbor Kyoto, Nara is omitted from many a time-pressed tourist's itinerary. However, Nara was a capital long before Kyoto, and today preserves its main sights much more attractively than Kyoto within the large Nara Park.
From Kansai Airport, Airport Limousine buses run to to the two Nara train stations every hour (¥1800, 1 1/2 hours). More frequent service is available by rail: If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you can take the Haruka limited express to Tennoji station and then transfer to the Yamatoji line for the run to Nara (¥2390, no charge with rail pass). Otherwise, it's cheaper to take the Nankai Railway's K?k?-Ky?k? (????) express train to Shin-Imamiya, and then take the JR Yamatoji line from there (¥1510). Both trips take around 1 1/4 hours with good connections.
Limousine buses connect Itami Airport to the two Nara train stations for ¥1440; the ride takes about one hour.
From Kyoto station, both the JR Nara Line and the private Kintetsu Kyoto line will get you to Nara quickly. The Kintetsu Nara station is better located that the JR Nara station, but unless you want to take an all-reserved Tokky? (??) train which leaves twice an hour and runs to Nara in 35 minutes, you will have to change at Yamato Saidaiji for the last hop into town. The trip will cost ¥1100 on the Tokky?; ¥610 on other trains. For Japan Rail Pass holders, JR's Miyakoji Kaisoku (??????) runs from Kyoto to Nara in as little as 41 minutes (¥690, no charge with rail pass).
The fastest route from Osaka is to take the private Kintetsu Nara Line from Namba station. Kaisoku-Ky?k? (????) trains run to Kintetsu Nara in 35 minutes (¥540). For Japan Rail Pass holders, JR runs two Yamatoji Kaisoku (?????) trains each hour from Osaka, Tennoji, and intermediate stations on the Osaka Loop Line. The run to Nara is 44 minutes from Osaka and 31 minutes from Tennoji (¥780 and ¥450 respectively, no charge with rail pass).
If you're travelling from a long distance in Japan, and don't want to pay the hefty charge for taking the Shinkansen and connecting in Kyoto or Osaka, taking an overnight bus to Nara is a cheaper option.
For example: From Tokyo, the Dream Nara overnight bus runs to Nara in 10 1/2 hours at a cost of ¥8400 one-way. The cheaper Seishun overnight service, which substitutes regular buses in place of the more spacious ones, costs only ¥5000.
Nara's public transportation system is limited to buses. The ¥100 shuttle bus provides a cheap and cheerful service from the Kintetsu train station to many points of interest in central Nara. Once within Nara Park, you can simply walk to almost all the sites.
Nara park , most of Nara's sights are concentrated a pleasant space of greenery, temples, shrines and famously mercenary deer. According to legend, the god of the Kasuga Taisha came riding a white deer in the old days, so people have been protecting the deer as envoys of the god.
Temples & Shrines
Eight of Nara's many temples and shrines are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Museums & History
Nara's best-known culinary product is shika-senbei, a type of cookie sold all around Nara Park. Don't try eating it yourself though — it's meant for the deer!
Another local speciality is Kakino hazushi, or sushi wrapped persimmon leaves, which actually originates from nearby Yoshino.
Yamato-cha is kind of a Japanese green tea which is very healthy and tasty.