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2) World Heritage Course: Naramachi and the Cultural Marvels of the Ancient Capital

"Profound Japan" Course: Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (4 hours)

Start at
Kintetsu Nara Station

Walk 10 minutes

[1. Nara Visitor Center & Inn]15-30 minutes

Walk 10 minute

[2. Nikkori – Kimono Experience] 20-30 minutes changing time (Fees: Men [4,000 yen]; Women [5,000 yen])

Walk 10 minute

[3. Imanishi Seibei Shoten – Sake Tasting] 20-30 minutes (Fee: 500 yen per person)

Walk 5 minutes

[4. Kissako An – Green Tea Tasting] 20-45 minutes (Fee: 972 yen per person)

Walk 5 minutes

[5. Gangoji Temple] 30 minutes (Fee: 500 yen)

Walk 10 minutes to Kintetsu Nara Station

Nara Visitor Center & Inn
15-30 minutes
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 08:00-21:00

The gateway for many visitors to Nara, this is a place to find out everything you need to know about the city’s culture and sightseeing spots. Support is offered in several languages, along with the opportunity for cultural experience and exchange. This facility can offer assistance in making bookings for the Kimono Experience, Sake Tasting, and Green Tea Tasting options featured in this course. You can also find information about other sightseeing options and events, and there’s a handy rent-a-cycle service to make sightseeing easier. Moreover, you can enjoy shopping and dining in the nearby Higashimuki shopping district.

For more details, please contact us at:
sarusawa@quartz.ocn.ne.jp
Facebook: NARA Visitor Center & Inn
Twitter: SarusawaInn
Instagram: Nara_visitor_center
English website:
http://www.sarusawa.nara.jp

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Nikkori Kimono Experience
20-30 minutes changing time
(Fees for Yukata: Men [from 4,000 yen]; Women [from 5,000 yen], Fees for kimonos from 6,800 yen)

Next to Nara Park and the Naramachi district, this rental outlet for traditional garments and accessories is also close to the city’s shrines and temples. Get changed and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the city in a traditional kimono or yukata.

English website:
http://nikkori-nara.com/english/

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Imanishi Seibei Shoten – Sake Tasting
20–30 minutes
(Fee: 500 yen per person, including an exclusive Harushika tumbler, and tasting of five sake varieties)

This sake brewery was founded in the Meiji Era (1868–1912). The name of the brewery’s much loved Harushika (literally "spring deer") sake is a nod to the sacred deer that roam the grounds of the famous Kasuga Shrine. Come here to sample fantastic Japanese beverages in an authentic setting.

English website:
http://www.harushika.com/

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Kissako An – Green Tea Tasting
20–45 minutes
(Fee: informal tea tasting [972 yen per person]; formal tasting [ 1620 yen per person]; tea ceremony [1620 yen per person, minimum booking two persons])

Luxuriate in the complex flavors of authentic maccha green tea, in a casual introduction to the world of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Website (Japanese only):
http://kissakoan-nara1.shop-site.jp/

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Gangoji Temple
30 minutes (Fee: 500 yen)

One of the eight places that make up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara UNESCO World Heritage Site. At one time, Gangoji competed with Kokufuji to take pride of place in Kyoto. Structures that remain from those days include the Gokurakubo and its austere Zen room.

English website:
http://www.gangoji.or.jp/tera/eng/top.htm

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Option A: Naramachi Koushinoie
(Admission: free)

The streets of the Naramachi district are lined with houses built between the later years of the Edo Period (1603–1868) and the Meiji Era (1868–1912), providing a wonderfully preserved glimpse of a truly traditional Japanese cityscape. The distinctive shape of the long, thin courtyard gardens gave these houses their colloquial name Unagi no nedoko (literally "where eels sleep").

Website (Japanese only):
http://narashikanko.or.jp/spot/index.php?m=d&id=79

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Option C: Nara Craft Museum
(Admission: free)

This museum is a centre for the exhibit and sale of all things relating to traditional arts and craft, from lacquerware and carving to akahada-yaki pottery, offering the chance to see numerous unique works of art.

Website (Japanese only):
http://azemame.web.fc2.com/

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