Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Japan (日本) Cherry Blossom (櫻花) - Nara Prefecture (奈良県) - Kasuga-Taisha (春日大社) - Kōfuku-ji (興福寺) - Todai-ji temple (東大寺) - Nigatsu-do Hall (二月堂) - Sangatsu-do [Travel in Japan 170404 (Guest Post): Nara Park (奈良公園) attractions]



How to get here: Nara Park  (奈良公園) is about 400 m from Kintetsu Nara Station (近鉄奈良駅) or about 1.4 km from JR Nara Station (奈良駅).


GPS: 34.685016, 135.843015

Opening hours: Always open

Entry fees: Free

Status of Flowering: 30-50% of the flowers are in bloom


Nara Park is famous for its deers.
Kasuga-Taisha (春日大社)
plum blossom in Kasuga-Taisha


How to get here: Kasuga-Taisha (春日大社) is about 2.3 km from Kintetsu Nara Station, or 2.9 km from JR Nara Station. Kasuga-Taisha is located in the east of Nara park.

GPS: 34.681424, 135.848358

Opening hours: 6:00 to 18:00 (April to September)
6:30 to 17:00 (October to March)
Inner area: 8:30 to 16:00

Entry fees: Free (outer area), 500 yen (inner area)


Kōfuku-ji (興福寺)
Todai-ji temple (東大寺)

How to get here: Todai-ji is about 1.5 km from Kintetsu Nara Station, or about 2.5 km from JR Nara Station.  The temple is located in the northern part of Nara park.

GPS: 34.688997, 135.839817

Opening hours: 8:00 to 16:30 (November to February)
8:00 to 17:00 (March)
7:30 to 17:30 (April to September)
7:30 to 17:00 (October)

Entry fees: 500 yen

Status of Flowering: 50-70% of the flowers are in bloom


 Daibutsuden

Nigatsu-do Hall (二月堂)

How to get here: From Todai-ji, walk along the east wall of the Daibutsu-den and then go up the path that turns up to the right just past the small pond to reach Nigatsu-do hall.

GPS: 34.689266, 135.844285

Opening hours: Always open

Entry fees: Free

Status of Flowering: 30-50% of the flowers are in bloom


cherry blossom tree at Sangatsu-do
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