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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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Best place to see cherry blossoms in Japan – Yoshino!

Best place to see cherry blossoms in Japan – Yoshino!

Nara prefecture has some of the most beautiful places to see sakura, or cherry blossoms in Japan.  Nara park has a huge number of cherry blossom trees, and I do love cycling around the city to see all the blossoms. But, I honestly think the very best place to see cherry blossoms in Japan is in Yoshino, around Yoshino yama (吉野山). I realize that many other prefectures also boast about their beautiful sakura-filled views, so if you can’t make it…

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Japanese Festivals: Matsuri in Mitsue

Japanese Festivals: Matsuri in Mitsue

Oh deary me. Sometimes I have slightly dappy moments. Last weekend was my dad’s birthday and I had a brilliant time with my family, helping mum prepare a mountain of food, and then helping consume it all with family and friends. But I managed to leave my computer (with all my photos) back in the countryside. Oops. This means I don’t have all the photo files to finish my next post about the North Downs Way. So, instead, I thought…

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Japanese Festivals: Tokae Masturi in Nara

Japanese Festivals: Tokae Masturi in Nara

Up until now I have written about a range of walks. However as I named this blog “A walk and a Lark” I thought I should add some more things that count as larks. 🙂 One of my favourite things about living in Japan was the amazing variety of matsuri (festivals). There are festivals in most small towns and villages. Cities, like the place I lived, Nara, often have a whole range of matsuri for each season. Tokae matsuri takes…

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