“Make voyages! Attempt them… There’s nothing else.”Tennessee Williams
This former capital of Japan for a brief time eons ago is today a pleasant, small city full of historical sites, temples and nature located in the Kansai region, only a short distance from Osaka. While often skipped over for its more famous neighbor Kyoto, Nara is a destination onto itself. The city has done a finer job of preserving its history and has a much more intimate feeling with its quaint alleyways and green spaces spread throughout town.
I did only a day trip from the regional giant of Osaka, but enjoyed it immensely and wish I had had more time to explore. A nice long walk around Nara Park combined with some bike riding is a great way to see the sights and take in the temples and shrines, which are strewn throughout the park area and the city as a whole. Along the way, it’s quite common to encounter the many deer grazing and roaming about on the temple grounds or meandering among the many stone lanterns that predominate. Nara should be on any itinerary to Japan.