Nara – Birthing of Civilization

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Nara is said to be the place that marked the origination of civilization and being the former capital hosts the splendid collection of the heavenly historical sites. The city boasts with a number of historical enthusiasts. The city is easily explorable on foot or on bikes and the best highlight of Nara city is its Buddha Statue located in the Todai-ji temples. There are several other temples and museums that showcase the Japanese art and the traditions that have been coming a long way.

Isui-En Garden

This park is one of the most picturesque parks of all times, I found several amazing spots here, under the tall trees or by the stepping stones river, it’s just more than enough to see such beauty all in one place. The park was opened in 1969 and is home to the Neiraku Art Museum. It becomes a very enjoyable outing when both the museum and the park is teamed up. The park also houses two best tea houses, where you can get hand of traditional Japanese tea and drink it too the authentic way. The stepping stones in the park inspired the Japanese show Takeshi’s Castle to introduce a game named the “Stepping stones”. The entry to park is for 10 yen.

Kasuga-Taisha Shrine

This temple was discovered during the late 8th century and hosts in itself four different buildings dedicated to the ancestral gods and divinities. The temple consists of timber walls and the beams covering the temple are covered in bright red color, providing the visitors with a very positive and vibrant atmosphere. I visited in February so you can get hold to be the part of lantern festival which happens in both February and August. It is a sight to behold.

Ninja Museum of Igaryu

If you’re traveling with kids then this is the best place to spend time and run their curiosities through the lane. This museum offers ninja classes to kids and showcases the ninja tricks and tips, which is an absolute fun trip for your children. The timings for the sake are 10 am to 7 pm and the tickets are worth 40 yen for a span of 2 hours.

Nagasaki – The Food Town of Japan

admin 19 Apr , 2019 0 Comments Travel
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Nagasaki is a perfect picturesque place for you. Its location is sublime, overshadowed by the hills looking above to the harbor does not let you feel that this same city was once struck by an atomic bomb attack. Most of the visitors roam around the memorials and the monuments, but apart from these, the city has to offer obvious other attractions like its very famous streets for superb tasting food. It is a very charming cosmopolitan city. It also houses the major trading ports for Japan. And it highlights the hue of Japan’s western and eastern culture together.

Local Chinatown

It is not the original Chinatown, but as its name suggests it is local and will serve you the tastiest and spiciest street food of Japan. Some kinds of snacks are there, you haven’t even heard about. The most famous cuisines for these street foods are sea-foods. Most famous snacks included in their street food is the Kakuni-Manju which is a traditional pork cutlet, which is first marinated, cooked and then served in a bun with their secret spicy sauce. There are several sweet treats available too like pound cakes and chocolate steam cakes.

Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium

This aquarium is situated at least 30 minutes outside the main city. It houses hundreds of penguins and you can take a hard look at them from the underwater tanks, and spot them swimming around. You can take the tour of this aquarium on weekends as they also provide you with feeding frenzy for the penguins. Feeding them with your own hands is an experience you will never forget, these creatures are inexplicably cute. It also houses other water lives such as catfishes. You can also find a beach, besides the aquarium if you want to rest with your family. The entry fee for the aquarium is around 300 yen.