Konnichiwa, Kansai! Eating Your Way Around Nara

While often overshadowed by her more prolific neighbours, Nara is by no means lacking in culinary specialties.

Looking back at my travel photos, I realise that I walked – and ate – a hell lot on my Nara day trip. Talk about your metabolism fluctuating during your travels.

Soooo, I thought I would relieve some of my post holiday guilt by compiling everything I ate into a mini food guide! Hey, sharing is caring, right? 😉

(Or maybe I’m just looking for any reason to look through my food pictures again…)

All of these food stops are located within central Nara or Nara Park, and pretty friendly on the wallet (about 1000¥ per person).


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Konnichiwa, Kansai! Exploring Nara, Japan’s First Permanent Capital

Hailed as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara 奈良 is home to a whopping six of her UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other prefecture.

Being a history buff, there was no way I could miss out on this stop during my trip, especially after reading about the Todai-ji temple complex in my Japanese Studies class.

Todai-ji Temple

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Konnichiwa, Kansai! Feeding the Deer @ Nara Park

While researching my trip to Osaka and Kyoto, I realised that there are many cities in the Kansai region within easy reach of my home base in Osaka – no thanks to Japan’s ultra connected and idiot proof transportation system.

Yes, while the train system looks hellishly complicated at first glance, it’s possible to hop from city to city with one eye closed (the other on your Hyperdia app, of course, but that’s a post for another day). 😉

And so I spent my first proper day in Japan feeding the famous – or infamous, depending on what you’ve heard – sika deer in Nara Park!


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