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Nara, another Old Capital where Japan's heart is still alive
Learn, Try and Enjoy Japanese Culture in Nara
Fun and educational cultural events for foreign visitors

Long before Kyoto started to flourish as Japan's national capital of Heian-kyo in 794, there was another place where, in fact, the foundation of Japan had already been established. That place is Nara, another ancient capital - but don't take it as just a small ''Kyoto'' as Nara has so much to offer with numerous excellent cultural and natural heritage sites, which have remained unchanged for over 1,300 years, that will impress every visitor.

In July 2015, a new facility - the Nara Visitor Center & Inn - was opened to support overseas tourists from around the world in the midst of the serene town of central Nara. Just within walking distance from both JR and Kintetsu Nara Stations, Nara Park with its lovely roaming deer, Todai-ji Temple with the magnificent Great Buddha, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kohfuku-ji Temple and many other World Heritage class sites are all nearby.

At their tourist information center, the friendly staff will provide all necessary information covering Nara Prefecture (English/Chinese spoken). For those who are not satisfied with simply visiting sightseeing spots, Nara Visitors Center & Inn can surely offer alternatives - a variety of enjoyable and original cultural experience programs from which participants can feel and experience the ''beauty and heart of Japan.''

Come to Nara Visitors Center & Inn and try authentic Japanese cultural experiences in the old capital, where both history and nature welcome you.

A Brand-new Inn Just Opened in December!
Cultural experiences for the day and tranquil and serene nights - and you will experience the true heart of Japan. For booking and other information: www.nara-inn.com/room.html
Tel: 0742-81-8585

Join Programs and Experience Japanese Culture

Japanese Calligraphy
The way you write the kanji characters reflects your state of mind. Calm yourself and refine your mind by concentrating on your brushwork and what the characters mean to you.


(Join at any time before 15:30)

Special rate! Until Feb. 28!
500 yen! (Normally 1,500 yen)

Furoshiki Magic
Do you know about the Japanese art of furoshiki? Try your hand at Japan's ecological and economical wrapping style using nothing more than a simple square of cloth!


Special rate! Until Feb. 28!
500 yen!
(Normally 1,000 yen)

Tea Ceremony
Experience the Japanese spirit of hospitality, hidden in a bowl of tea at the ceremony.


Special rate! Until Feb. 28!
1,000 yen!
(Normally 2,500 yen)

Origami Fantasy
Enjoy origami, a traditional Japanese pastime for all ages. One piece of paper has the potential to become anything and everything!


Special rate! Until Feb. 28!
500 yen!
(Normally 1,000 yen)

Shiawase Kairo Nara Rurie (Feb. 8-14)

''Shiawase Kairo Nara Rurie'' invites visitors into the picturesque world of lapis lazuli along lantern-lit paths that link the three representative shrines and temples, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kohfuku-ji Temple and Todai-ji Temple during special night openings. Enjoy the heart-warming illumination in winter with all of Nara's prayers. rurie.jp

Join GREAT BUS TOURS and go & learn deeper into the heart of Japanese culture

Very attractive new bus tour programs for overseas visitors in Nara! The bus tour will bring overseas visitors to lesser-known, yet very interesting and fun destinations! This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to not only see but also enjoy a variety of special experiences that Nara can offer with a professional guide!

Tuesday: Course A
''Garden of excellence at Jiko-in Temple & Season's best of Nara''

Try making a bowl of matcha green tea by yourself; relax and enjoy the taste viewing a superb Japanese garden.

Schedule: Depart at 13:00 -> 13:40 Jiko-in Temple (beautiful garden & matcha green tea) -> 15:00 Enjoy season's best of Nara ( Toshodai-ji Temple) -> 17:30 Back to the center.
Price: 6,500 yen/person

Thursday: Course B
''Taima Temple & Experience the World of Sumo Wrestling''
Shabutsu Buddhist image copying & try dressing like a real Sumo wrestler and stand on a real Sumo ring.

Schedule: Depart at 13:00 -> 13:45 Taima Temple (temple treasures and Buddhist sutra copying experience) -> 15:30 Sumo Museum -> 17:30 Back to the center.
Price: 6,900 yen/person

Friday: Course C
''Meet the Spiritual Miwa and Asuka''

Taste the seasonal fruits of the village and five kinds of Japanese sake at an established brewery.

Schedule: Depart at 9:15 -> 10:15 Asuka Village (strawberry picking & walk tour) -> 13:10 Omiwa Shrine -> (10 min. walk) 14:10 Imanishi Sake Brewery (brewery visit & sake tasting) -> 16:00 Back to the center.
Price: 8,800 yen/person

*Seat reservations can be made at the Nara Visitor Center & Inn (Email: sarusawainn@quartz.ocn.ne.jp / Tel: 0742-81-7461) or through the JAPANICAN website: www.japanican.com/en/special/info/nara/index.html
* All tours below depart from the Nara Visitor Center & Inn.
* Transportation, admission & experience fees, meals (Course C) are included.
* An English speaking, full-time tour conductor will join the tour.
* Tours will be cancelled if there are no reservations by noon on the day before the tour. Joining-on-the-day is accepted by noon on the day (by 17:00 on the previous day for Course C) if a tour is on and seats are available.

For more information, contact/visit the Nara Visitor Center & Inn: www.sarusawa.nara.jp

Your journey in Nara starts here

Nara Visitor Center & Inn

A wide range of convenient services and events for foreign visitors. A place to relax and meet other travelers from around the world!

The center provides not only tourist information, but also hosts educational and fun events: Hands-on experiences of calligraphy, tea ceremony, Japanese culinary culture, origami paper folding lesson and easy kimono experience. Join our events, enjoy your time in Nara, and have more fun!

Traveler's Lounge (rest space, free Wi-Fi, cultural events, etc.)
Bicycle rental service
Tourist information (Nara & Japan), currency exchange, temporary luggage storage
Tour & Event Information
Computers with Internet access
Cash ATM
Convenience store

Access to Nara from Kyoto
By JR train, take the Miyakoji Kaisoku (approx. 45 min.)
The inn has just opened in December 2016!
Hours: 8:00-21:00
Phone: 0742-81-7461
Check out the latest information on our facebook Page!