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Hozan-ji Temple: in the Mountains of Ikoma, Nara’s Hidden Wonder.

Hozan-ji is in many ways the embodiment of a perfect Japanese experience, in miniature. The otherworldly mountain temple complex is largely unknown to foreign tourists and seldom crowded by local visitors outside of the spring/autumn peak seasons. If you feel like riding...

Cafe Orion is A Cute and Quiet Little Escape in Nara

Daily lunch set at Cafe Orion
Things don’t always look that promising when you’re walking around the back streets of Nara a little further away from the station—everything seems too quiet, and most of it looks residential or shuttered. But sometimes, all you need is to venture slightly...