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Things to do in Naramachi as an old neighborhood old shops in Japan

Naramachi (奈良町 or  “Nara Town”) located at Yamato, Kariyama Prefecture, Nara, 639-1159, Japan. Naramachi is located in the center of Nara city center which is known as a truly enchanting neighborhood of ancient times Because the houses of this area do not have any modernity But with a full of retro flair Due to the conservation and preservation of the houses. Naramachi is the old town of Nara and about the size of a small village. The small alley is full. Will be the old house Old shops that have been preserved since the Edo period, less than 1 km from Kintetsunara Station Leisurely stroll Can get half a day.

The shop house is called Machiya which means Townhouse. It has a narrow but deep interior to save tax on the width of the house. Most of the buildings in this area were built during the 17th century. It is very well maintained. Walking into the building that is known all over the area is still quite beautiful. Until it became another area where people come to Nara to have to stop shopping or take a stroll and enjoy the view. Because it is filled with shops, restaurants and pastry shops to taste, shop and spice out images without interruption. Also, if you want to give the best atmosphere, you can rent a kimono. Plus, there are many activities to do, whether it is brewing tea. Local famous Japanese tasting Ensure that if you come to try to visit this area once, have forgotten.

Admission fee are 300 Yen and 500 Yen. Naramachi zone open as follows as:

  1. Gangoji Temple 9:00 – 17:00 (closed for tickets at 16:30)
  2. Koshi-no-Ie Residence / Naramachi Lattic House 9:00 – 17:00
  3. Nara Craft Museum / Nara Kogeikan 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed at 17:30)
  4. Naramachi Shiryokan 10:00 – 16:00
  5. Imanishike Shoin Residence 10:00 to 16:00 (Closed at 15:30)

When you arrive at Nara and want to visit Naramachi. Here ways to get there are as 10-15 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara Station or 20 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara Station or Take the bus #5 or #6 to Naramachi.

History of Naramachi District
In the year 710 when the capital was moved to Heijo Kyo. Atsuka-Dera Temple was named as Kang Kochi Temple and moved to Heijo Kyo. As the center area around Kang Kochi Temple was named Naramachi. From the temple town to the city of commerce and from the city of commerce to the city of tourism. The capital city of Heijokyo had passed many changes from the late Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912). So this become a city that full of the history story.

After that from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) to the Muromachi period (1336-1573) many trade market was developed. In addition in the political power that been increased as a craft related to growth. Many Shrines and temples are also increased on economic strength as well. At the end of the Muro-Shi era that had revolution by group of people who created confusion and then get the result of increased autonomy and independence. However during the Azushimomaya period (1573-1603) under the rule of Toyotomi Hideanaga who Koriya Castle Majo has made as a great effort from build Kufu Kuji Temple. Then power and trading of Naramachi that has suffered on sluggishness of this era. The was recovered during the Edo period by the governor of Nara and liquor production in the middle of the Edo period other than non-ink industries Zhang and the city had flourished as a temple town. They are Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Temple and Taicha Temple during the Meiji period (1868-1912). After that Naramachi was affected by Western culture then meat shop on Western style, barber shop and bakery shop appeared in 1889.

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