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Introduction

Magnificent temples and works of art are among the cultural treasures to be seen in Nara, a compact city that was the nation's capital before Kyoto came into the ascendancy in the 8th century.

Highlights include a mighty bronze Buddha housed in the Todai-ji Temple, the world's oldest wooden building, the construction of which almost bankrupted the nation. The temple survived several great fires that ravaged the city in the past, while warring samurai clans were another threat that Nara had to overcome.

Today Nara is one of Japan's friendliest and greenest cities, with sika deer wandering freely around Nara Park. Believed to be messengers of the gods, the deer have become a popular symbol of the city.

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Essential Japan

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,740 pp incl. flights

Get a taste of this multi-faceted country in private Tokyo tours, country inn stays, bullet train trips and world famous temples.

Best of Japan

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,755 pp incl. flights

Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.

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Vintage travel posters that have stood the test of time

We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

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