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Face off! Which would you choose: Hakone or Nara?

Face off! Which would you choose: Hakone or Nara?

Sep 18th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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Face off! Which would you choose: Hakone or Nara?

Hi,
Going to Tokyo/Kyoto next month. Only have time to do one day trip from the cities. Can't figure out if we'd enjoy Hakone or Nara more....if you've been to both, which would you choose to go back to? Thanks!
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Sep 18th, 2009, 02:43 PM
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I have been to both and am going back to Hakone in a few weeks. Don't feel the need to go back to Nara anytime soon

Aloha!
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Sep 19th, 2009, 09:22 AM
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I have only visited Nara, thus can only tell about it.
I liked it a lot especially since it has a large number of temples and one can learn a lot about the history of Japan as well its culture.

Every temple has so much to see, the symbolism, the rituals, the huge statues of Buddha etc. is a great way of learning details about the country.
The city is also known for the deer that roam freely in the park. That, too, is something different and an experience one cannot forget.

Hope you have a good trip. Love Japan and hope to travel more some day and see much, much more of this beautiful country and wonderful people.
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Sep 19th, 2009, 06:18 PM
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I went to Japan last month for a week and also stayed in Tokyo and Kyoto. Took a daytrip to Hakone because we wanted to see some countryside. There are enough temples to see in Kyoto that one doesn't absolutely have to go to Nara, unless you're quite interested in Buddhism and want to see specific buildings.
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Sep 19th, 2009, 10:42 PM
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Like ht, I would choose to go back to Hakone before Nara.

I think Hakone is a good nature break from the two big cities you will be visiting. And it is a good area to find an onsen for a soak.

But Nara is not that far from Kyoto and can be an afternoon trip.
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Sep 19th, 2009, 10:43 PM
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But Nara is not that far from Kyoto and can be an afternoon trip.

Meaning: you can still visit both, if you are really interested in some of the sights of Nara.
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 10:59 AM
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Thanks, guys! Very helpful.
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 03:29 PM
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There is an amazing interactive outdoor museum in Hakone--it is a must see with everything from Naguchi, to Moore to Picasso.
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Sep 23rd, 2009, 07:35 PM
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Considering that you are going to Kyoto, I'd pick Hakone. Japanese nature is amazing and should be experienced if at all possible. I wish I had spent more time in Japan's nature during my trip! Well, that might not be true, I'm glad I've seen the things I saw, but if I go again it will be more nature. If you were only going to Tokyo, I would say go to Nara, since everyone needs to see at least one collection of shrines and temples. Nara does have the world's biggest wooden building, though. Tempting, eh?
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