09:08 | 11/07/2019

Enjoying at Kashihara city

(Construction) - Kashihara is a city in Nara Prefecture in Japan. The city was established on February 11, 1956. Kashihara has a total area of more than 39.50 km2 with nearly 123,000 people. This is a city with many precious relics. On weekdays, tourists visiting the city are international visitors, while weekends are domestic tourists. At this point, people will feel like life in fairy-tale to feel the slow and relaxed life.

Here are some relics not to be missed in the area:

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha shrine is one of the most famous in this area. About 1300 years ago, when the Japanese capital was built in Nara, Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto came from Kashima temple to Mt. Mikasa, considered a sacred mountain, dwells on the top symbolizing the prosperity of the nation and the happiness of the people. Then, political leader Fujiwara-no-Nagate built magnificent buildings on the temple's current location.

A scene of Kasuga Taisha temple

Legend stated that when Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto came to Mount Mikasa-yama by riding on a deer, thus the people here worshiped deer as messengers of God.

In Nara Park there are about 1,200 deers are living, and it is believed that they are the descendants of the deer that Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto has ridden in the past. Kasuga-taisha Shrine was registered as a Unesco World Heritage as a cultural property of the ancient capital of Nara.

Anyone who has ever come here cannot forget the peaceful, friendly feeling with lovely deers. Along the way, hundreds of lanterns were donated by people, hanging around. On the top of the lantern is the place where candles can be lit which creates a sparkling mystery for the area.

Kashihara-jingu shrine

Kashihara-jingu is a shrine located in the are. There is a forest and lake suround the shrine with a large area of about 500,000 m2. The temple was built on a vacant land of Kashihara Palace in Meiji 23 (1890). Here was the throne of Japan's first emperor - Emperor Jinmu.

Kashihara-jingu shrine

There are three paths leading to the shrine, Omote-sando, Kita-sando, Nishi-sando. There are two gates. The outside structure was built according to the Irimoya-zukuri architecture. This was the traditional architecture of Japan with a 2-storey.

One can see Fukata Lake with an area of nearly 49,500m2. Around the lake there is a two-way walking road that creates an extremely charming tranquility. Along with two sides, the green canopy of the cherry blossoms in the summer, while the spring is full of blooming flowers. A extremely mystery gives people the feeling of being washed away stress and worrisome when coming here. In addition, the park here is about 100,000 square meters with a lot of beautiful trees and grasses. Inside the temple was a place to display unique precious and ancient treasures.

On April 3, Kashihara City Tourism Association will hold a festival inside the shrine. There will be many activities such as concerts, parades at the temple entrance, lights at the gates and lakes.

Imai-cho old town

The preserved Imai-cho old town is located near Asuka in Nara prefecture. Here one can wander through many alleys of a small town.

Imai-cho started as a narrow neighborhood wrapped around Shonenji Temple. This temple complex is still in existence after being burned and rebuilt many times in history. Imai-cho is formed as an area that allows some degree of autonomy.

Guests enjoy the view of the old Imaicho town

Each household can use roof tiles instead of common straw with inexpensive materials. After the samurai system ended in 1868, the town was affected by the decline in prosperity but not too backward.

Here people have to walk by small steps to visit Shonenji Temple and some of Imai-cho's preserved buildings. There are three public buildings open to the public, among them Imanishi Residence – Imai-cho's oldest and most impressive monument dating back to 1650.

Todaiji can be called as "Great Eastern Temple" which is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant relics of the area. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan. This temple became powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784.

Todaiji's main hall is the world's largest wooden building, however the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall's size. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha. The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is flanked by two Bodhisattvas.

Other smaller Buddhist statues and models of the former are also on display in the hall. Another popular attraction is a pillar with a hole in its base which is said that those who can squeeze through this will be granted many good thing (such as enlightenment in their next life?).

Todaiji temple

Todaiji temple is spacious and covers most of northern Nara Park, including a number of smaller temple halls and sites of interest around. Below are some of the other attractions that can be found in the Todaiji temple complex.

Todaiji temple

To see the whole complex may take weeks to discover. However, if there is not much time, half day is still good. It is wonderful that such an area is donated by the local government completely free to the public. So, there are always hundreds of thousands of people who come many times. Sometimes it is just a leisurely walk through stone-covered paths by green tree carpet which is enough to bring endless feeling of happiness.

By Khanh Phuong

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