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Takatori hike – Takatori Castle ruins and Tsubosaka Temple

Takatori hike – Takatori Castle ruins and Tsubosaka Temple

I’d like to introduce you to a truly fantastic hike through a gorgeous Japanese town, up to a ruined castle, past ancient carvings aaaand then a pretty amazing Indian-style temple. Takatori is a beautiful town in the countryside, about an hour south of Nara city. The town was first populated by a group of people that moved north from Tosa (in Shikoku). They built Japan’s highest mountaintop castle in 1332, and it was only abandoned two and a half centuries later….

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Hasedera Temple – Nara’s prettiest temple?

Hasedera Temple – Nara’s prettiest temple?

Hasedera Temple (長谷寺) has to be one of Nara’s prettiest temples, and I have not even visited it at the prettiest time of year! This temple is another one of the places that is super famous to Japanese people, BUT very few foreign tourists bother to trek South of Nara city, so most people miss out on this gem! Now, there isn’t much of a hike to get to this temple. It is only 15 minutes walk from Hasedera station….

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Nara walking tour – Japan Walks

Nara walking tour – Japan Walks

I really love Nara. I was incredibly lucky to live in this beautiful city for a couple of years so I have guided my friends and family around some version of this walking tour many, many times. I’ve also typed out a basic Nara itinerary for almost everyone I know that is visiting Japan. So, I thought it might be good to put my Nara tips online. If you’re visiting Nara, I hope this will give you some good ideas…

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