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From your luxury hotel in Nara, you’ll be perfectly placed to discover the first capital city of Japan and its near endless choice of treasures. There are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites here – each one a crown jewel in the country’s extraordinary legacy.

Japan’s 8th-century capital boasts a wealth of World Heritage sites.

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At the heart of Nara’s many attractions is the Daibutsu, or Great Buddha. Housed in a soaring temple, the Buddha looks down over a peaceful park, filled with greenery and tame deer – a perfect escape for a relaxing walk. The finest garden in Nara can be found at Isui-en.


History is all around in Nara, where a luxury boutique hotel becomes an exclusive base for exploring 1,300 years of Japanese culture. Nara was the capital of the country between 710 and 784 and these years are now known as the Nara period. The city’s temples are a stunning legacy of this era, and hint at Nara’s ancient power and prestige.


Naturally you can indulge in fine dining at your hotel and in numerous exclusive restaurants around the ancient city. But take time to explore the atmospheric little cafés and thatched teahouses.

Over 1,000 deer roam Nara Deer Park’s 1,250 acres of verdant landscape. They’re tame enough to eat from your hand.

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