Nara, the capital of Japan before even Kyoto, is all about the parkland, temples and slightly hazardous deer (see also Miyajima). If you’re interested in Japan’s history or fascinated by beautiful temples – or even if you just want to see the world’s biggest bronze buddha, it’s well worth a trip.
At the very top of Honshu you’ll find Aomori – the coastal city that was, for a long time, the gateway to Hokkaido. And nearby, a short trip to the West, there’s the beautiful inland town of Hirosaki – home of a surprising Apple-themed tourist industry. I visited both in late 2012. Getting There Getting […]