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Your First Trip to Nara - A Guide to the City's Characteristics and Highlights

Nara, Ikoma, Tenri Historical Places

Nara City, a former capital city of Japan, is today a tourist destination near Kyoto and Osaka. It has an even older history than Kyoto, and traditional sights remain throughout the city. The number one highlights of the city are the buildings and statues of the shrines and temples, many of which are even registered as world heritage sites, make it one of the finest sightseeing locations in all of Japan. This article will also introduce the most essential must-try elements of Nara cuisine, as well as Nara's adorable deer-themed souvenirs.

Ramen, Gyudon, Curry Rice, and more: Your Guide to Tasty and Cheap Food in Japan

Ramen

Tokyo is a foodie’s paradise. You’ll be able to find whatever you crave in this Asian capital. Whether it’s traditional Japanese washoku you desire or premium quality sushi, you’ll get your fill. But everything comes at a cost, and Tokyo’s food scene is no exception to the rule. Does that mean you are just going to go broke on your trip to Tokyo? No! Try b-class cuisine for cheap, tasty, and completely Japanese dishes!

Getting Lunch in Nara: 3 Recommended Places for Lunch Right Near Nara Park!

Nara, Ikoma, Tenri Other Restaurants

Located in the southeastern part of Nara Park, Naramachi is a popular area having such attractions as the World Heritage Site Gango-ji Temple and Nara City Naramachi Koshino Ie [lattice house] as well as various gourmet spots. Here we will introduce three shops in the Naramachi neighborhood where you can enjoy lunches made with Nara ingredients.

Kyoto’s Chic Ajiki Alley! A Hole-in-the-Wall for Young Artists Amongst Retro Tenement Houses

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Old Towns (Shitamachi)

Have you heard of the Kyoto word “roji,” (路地, in Kanji) which means “alley?” This word refers to that narrow space between houses at the end of the main streets. With redevelopment progressing in the ancient capital of Kyoto due to the increase of tourism, areas like these alleys where the quaint towns apes of old remain are a valuable existence. I heard about a particular area where young artists’ atelier shops are aligned amongst these nostalgic alleyways, and have come to see for myself!

Complete Guide to Japanese Etiquette for Business Travelers - From a Tokyo Insider!

Japan is an amazing destination for travelers who are longing to enjoy their vacation in a beautiful and exciting country. This is especially true recently. Japan is becoming more and more popular as time passes and as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach. By the same token, the country is becoming a more sought after location for new businesses (foreign and domestic), as well as to create partnerships among established companies, but also for startups and new innovative ideas. Japan as a whole, and the companies that populate the country, though, have a very specific way of handling social interactions and businesses. This different approach can often be surprising and confusing for those who are not prepared to the standards of the country. For this reason, regardless of one’s experience in a certain field, or in business deals, it pays off to dive into the details, similarities, and differences between business meetings in Japan and those in other countries (even among very similar fields). We sat down with an American who's been doing business in Japan for over 16 years. Here are some of the inside secrets he shared!

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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