UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a special place (for example, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Lakes, Islands, Deserts, Buildings, Complexes, Regions, Rural, and Cities). It has been nominated for international World Heritage programs managed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. It’s consisting of 21 groups (21 state parties) chosen by the General Assembly in a 4-year contract. A World Heritage Site is a place of Culture and Nature, and objects that are meaningful to human and become an inheritance for the next generation.
If you happen to be on vacation and are in the city of Osaka, Japan, it would be a pity if you didn’t stop by Nara. However, this is not the name of the clan in the Naruto anime series, lol. Located about 40 km east of the city of Osaka, Nara City was once the first capital city of Japan, before Tokyo and Kyoto. So it’s no wonder if, in this city, there are Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s standing majestically beautiful, number two at the most after Kyoto city.
Access to the city of Nara is quite easy. If you are from Tsuruhashi Subway Station (Sennichimae Line), Osaka. You can just take the JR Kintetsu Nara Line to JR Nara Station after paying around 490 Yen. The length of the trip from Osaka to JR Nara Station is approximately 40 minutes.
Once you arrive in the city of Nara, the atmosphere of Japan in the past immediately felt thick. And, just walk about 10 minutes from JR Nara station, we have arrived at Kohfukuji Temple. One of the Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Nara city. This building was built around the 7th century, the total Kohfukuji Temple had burned up to five times. And finally reconstructing the temple buildings in 1426 to become a building that remains standing until now. There is a 5-story Pagoda in this temple complex, besides being the highest number two pagodas building in Japan, this Pagoda is also an icon of the city of Nara.
From Kohfukuji Temple, another place that should not be passed by is Todaiji Temple. To go there, you can just walk, while passing Nara Park that is a breeding ground of thousands of deer. Many people said that deer at Nara could “bend” for the sake of getting deer biscuits (Shika Senbei) from tourists who happened to be visiting. By the Nara local community, the deer is believed to be the “Messenger of God” so that its existence is saved and preserved.
After you pass Nara Park, then you arrive at Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple is one of the most famous buildings in Japan. Its popularity can be juxtaposed with the existence of Mount Fuji in Tokyo or Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto, one of the icons depicting the city of Japan. Built around the 8th century, this building also burned twice and then rebuilt it to 2/3 of its original size. Although smaller in size than the original, Todaiji Temple remains the largest wooden structure building in the world. My favorite part of the Todaiji temple complex is Daibutsuden, a room that has a bronze Buddha statue about 15 meters high and is the largest bronze statue in the world.
But, it was very unfortunate because I was only one day in Nara. So, I could only visit 2 of the Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nara city. But, for me, it was enough to give a comprehensive picture and give a deep impression of the city of Nara, which is one of my favorite cities in Japan.
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