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Nara Koen has the city's popular tourist sites. Even so, it is wide enough to accommodate thousands of giggling schoolchildren and other Japanese tourists, yet still feel spacious and quiet. Be warned that it is home to many divine messengers of god—the tame deer seen just about everywhere.
Nara-machi is a maze of lanes and alleys lined with old warehouses and machiya (traditional wooden houses) that have been converted into galleries...