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Address: Nara, Nara Prefecture

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Olden Japan

Great place to see an older generation of homes and put yourself in a spot to experience an older Japanese era. Make sure you don't get here too late because most shops are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
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Hong Kong, China

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Most likely 99% of people go to Nara for its temples and park, however, this part of the city is very nice, interesting, with nice houses, galleries, shops, and atmosphere. Even if it's only for a walk, I do strongly recommend to visit Naramachi. In the tourist office provide a very good map with explanations.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Great place to see an older generation of homes and put yourself in a spot to experience an older Japanese era. Make sure you don't get here too late because most shops are closed around 5 and some close as early as 4. It's definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Old town Japan ... wonderful architecture and a rocking good walk!! It was cool just to imagine how this same setting was hundreds or thousands of years ago.

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Kobe, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

Narrow alleys with incredible shops and private museums everywhere. Don't let the small, unobtrusive entrances dissuade you from entering some of the museums. My wife and I have spent parts of two days just walking the alleys and we haven't seen most of the cool stuff yet. There are tour groups but they seem to be comprised of Japanese and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

Quaint neighborhood that doesn't feel Disneyesque like Gion in Kyoto. Lots of little shops and restaurants. Stumbled across many free, private museums. Shrines, temples and halls scattered throughout.

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Mount Gambier, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

This is far from the real Japan. As soon as you get into this area the prices rise and the service and politeness spirals down. Stay clear and eat and drink near the railway station.

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Malaysia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

The only reason i visited Naramachi was due to the many reviews on how amazing and scenic this part of town in Nara is. I was expecting for nice old traditional Japanese houses as in the review and in the brochure it mentioned this was the merchant part of Nara. However, after reading Naramachi i didn't find anything fascinating about... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

Miles of old fashioned streets, little changed from Samurai days when Nara was the capitol. Try not to get lost, and there's hours of fun exploring to do :)

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River Vale, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

The houses still offer you the old traditional feeling but many new modern stores have opened up also. Nice to walk through but not as impressive as I expected it to be. Although there are few museum-like spots that you can walk in for free and experience how the old Japanese house was set up.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

We had a day tour in Nara and literally spent the day walking. All attractions are very accessible on foot. Not that tiring at all because the whole place is very rich with history and beautiful sceneries. We were so amazed of the deer just freely strolling at the park. Along the way, we happen to visit a hill adorned... More 

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