NARA-MEGURI

  • Nara Prefectural Office Building’s Roof Top

    Nara Prefectural Office Building’s Roof Top

    Since there are no tall buildings in Nara, the view from the roof top of the prefectural office building is magnificent! Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view!
    Opening hours varies by the dates and seasons. Please check with Nara Prefectural Office.

  • Isuien (pronounced as “Ee-soo-ee-en”, Japanese Garden

    Isuien (pronounced as “Ee-soo-ee-en”, Japanese Garden

    Isuien has two gardens, Zen-en(前園) = Front Garden, built in the mid 17th Century and Koh-en or Go-en(後園)=Rear Garden, was built in the latter part of the 19th Century.
    Attached to the gardens is "Neiraku Museum" where they exhibit a private collection, mainly, bronzeware, mirrors, bronze stamps from ancient China, ancient ceramics from China, Koryo, Lee Dynasty and Japan. Opens in Spring and Fall.
    At the tea-house, Sanshu-tei(三秀亭), lunch and tea are served.

  • National Treaure Todaiji(東大寺)=Eastern Great Temple. Daibutsuden (大仏殿)= Great Buddha Hall.

    National Treaure Todaiji(東大寺)=Eastern Great Temple. Daibutsuden (大仏殿)= Great Buddha Hall.

    One of the largest wooden buildings of the world, which has been housing the world’s largest bronze Buddha Statue since the 8th Century. The current building is the 3rd structure which was built in the early 18th Century since it was burned down to ashes in the late 12th Century and then in the mid-16th Century.

  • City of Yamato-Koriyama

    City of Yamato-Koriyama

    From Kintetsu Nara station, take any train, transfer at Yamato-Saidaiji(大和西大寺) to Yamato-Koriyama(大和郡山) via Kintetsu-Kashiwara Line. Approximately 30 minutes.
    For the most part, Nara has been religion centered over a millennium, but Yamato-Koriyama was governed by Samurai from the 17th Century. Evidence of this can be found in the ruins of Koriyama-jo castle, close to the station. The ruins of Koriyama-jo castle have been chosen as one of the nation's best cherry blossom spots. On the top, there's a small traditional Japanese Garden with various seasonal flowers.

    Between Kintetsu-Yamato-Koriyama Station and JR. Yamato-Koriyama station, is approximately 1 km of distance from West to East. Along the streets are old restaurants, a shopping arcade with Kimono-shops, traditional Japanese confectionaries, Japanese Cafes and public baths with outdoor baths. Most of the shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday. On both sides of the street are the old houses and temples making it look a bit different from our neighborhood.

  • Imai-cho

    Imai-cho

    South west of the hotel, 1 hour by train.
    Almost 500 historical town houses from the Edo period (17th Century to 19 th Century) are preserved in this area which sometimes become a venue for filming historical dramas. In 2011, received one star in Michelin's Green Guide of Japan in French edition.
    Crossing over the bridge, you enter into the good old historical Japan of the Edo era. Most of the facilities are closed on Monday.

  • Asuka-mura Village

    Asuka-mura Village

    An idyllic village, 1 hour away to the south by train is the location where Japan's first capital was settled. Famous for Ishibutai(石舞台)=Stone Stage Tombs, Asuka-dera Temple and a number of other archeological resources. Even, today, there are discoveries which are rewriting the history of ancient Japan.

  • Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City

    Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City

    2.5 km south east of the hotel.
    A museum dedicated to photographer Taikichi IRIE who’s been famous for his masterpieces themed around Nara’s old temples, Buddha statues and country scenery.
    Located in “TAKABATAKE”, a quiet residential area with small vegetable fields and rice paddies. Among its neighbors are Shin-Yakushiji Temple and Byakugoji Temple.
    The modern building was designed by Kisho KUROKAWA.

  • Naramachi

    Naramachi

    Approximately 1 km South of the hotel through 2 shopping arcades, Higashimuki-Shotengai (東向商店街) and Mochiidono Center-gai(もちいどのセンター街).
    Originally, in the 8th Century, it was a part of the nation's first full-fledged Buddhist Temple, Gango-ji(元興寺). It started becoming more developed in the 17th Century.
    It’s a quiet residential area where you find traditional old houses from the mid-19th Century to the early 20th Century called “Machiya” = (町家). In comparison with “Kitamachi”, Naramachi is livelier with cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques and so on. You may find your own personal favorites, here.