Timeless Retreats in the Mountains of Nara
Posted on December 24, 2017 within News
Rural and agricultural Nara is one of the most timeless retreats in Japan. Just wait until you behold its soft rolling plains, traditional towns and ancient walking paths. Take in the sweeping vistas of beautiful mountain ranges and rice terraces in the Soni Highlands. Visit Murou-ji Temple where you can climb 700 steps to reach its impressive five storied pagoda. You will love hiking in Akami, a beautiful and forested area with nearly 50 waterfalls!
Beyond its breathtaking scenery, the best of Nara really is its wonderful people. You will be fascinated when meeting a 25th generation craftsman whose family has made tea whisks for Japanese tea ceremonies for over 500 years. His demonstration of how these whisks are made (by hand-carving bamboo) makes for such a special, deep-rooted and remote Japanese experience.
Spend the Evening in a Unique Rice Terrace Villa
Spend a fabulous evening in beautiful and agricultural Nara at luxury rice terrace villa Sasayuri-Ann. This traditional-style thatched roof house is newly restored and equipped with brand-new facilities. Enjoy distant views of breathtaking mountain ranges and rice terraces from the villa’s large windows and terrace.
An evening at Sasayuri-Ann is perfect for one to two nights if you’re looking for a unique ryokan surrounded by superb views, fresh mountain air and starry night skies. Sasayuri-Ann serves excellent food and offers some really fun special experiences in an intimate setting including private yoga lessons, farming and local fruit picking excursions, music workshops, guided hikes and breathtaking helicopter tours.