NARA is one of the popular sightseeing spots in Japan.
It is famous for a lot of historical and cultural spots and lovely deers!
During the beginning of April, it is advised to visit Himuro-Shrine for the weeping cherry blossom trees which are famous for their beauty. Around the beginning of May, you can enjoy and smell the wonderful looking Wisteria flowers in Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
(Cherry blossom at Himuro Shrine in April)
(Wisteria at Kasuga Shrine in May)
This time of the year, the trees are nicely green with the sun shinning through the leaves, which makes for some beautiful views on your way to the shrines and while walking in the forest.
In August, we are having quite a few festivals. During one of the festivals, Nara park will be surrounded by a romantic atomosphere from over ten thousands of burning candles at a warm summer evening. Be prepared when coming in August as it is one of the hottest months.
(Kasuga approach in August)
(Tokae lantern festival at Nara Park in August)
In autumn, you can see an unique color pallet of the changing leaves by the temples and shrines.
Ukimido Gazebo is one of the most beautiful spots which shows you the autumn colored trees in Nara. When walking around in the clear and fresh air during autumn, you’ll get a smile on your face.
(Deer in Nara Park in November)
(Ukimido in November)
It may be cold during this season, but with some good clothes you can admire the beautiful evening skies. In the end of January, the Wakakusa Yamayaki is held as an annual festival during which the grass on the hillside of Wakakusa Mountain is set on fire. One of the other festivals is happening in March, we have a ceremony called “Shunie/Omizutori” at Nigatsudo Hall in Todaiji Temple. This collection of Buddhist rituals has been held every year on behalf of all the people for over 1250 years. It is a moment that will inspire you with its warm, ceremonial atmosphere.
(Yamayaki at Wakakusa Mountain in January)
(Omizutori at Nigatsudo Hall in March)