Things to do
At the heart of Nara’s many attractions is the Daibutsu, or Great Buddha. Housed in a soaring temple, the Buddha looks down over a peaceful park, filled with greenery and tame deer – a perfect escape for a relaxing walk. The finest garden in Nara can be found at Isui-en.
History is all around in Nara, where a luxury boutique hotel becomes an exclusive base for exploring 1,300 years of Japanese culture. Nara was the capital of the country between 710 and 784 and these years are now known as the Nara period. The city’s temples are a stunning legacy of this era, and hint at Nara’s ancient power and prestige.
FOOD & DRINK
Naturally you can indulge in fine dining at your hotel and in numerous exclusive restaurants around the ancient city. But take time to explore the atmospheric little cafés and thatched teahouses.