Journey to the Heart of Japan

Nara is the most historic and spiritual center of Japan, where Buddhism first flourished and the first capital city was built over 1300 years ago. Close to Kyoto and Osaka and quickly accessible by train, Nara is a living history book, full of World Heritage sites and well-preserved temples and shrines. Much of Nara is still semi-rural, dotted with picturesque villages, where life follows the rhythms of the seasons.