If You Go

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — E.Z. For the au­thor’s full list of sug­ges­tions for a trip to Ja­pan, visit wash­ing­ton­post.com/ travel

WHERE TO STAY Guest­house Saku­raya 1 Narukawa­cho 011-81-742-24-1490 guest­house-saku­raya.com

This is a tra­di­tional Ja­panese guest­house with three rooms to rent, each with fu­tons and tatami mats. Ja­panese break­fast (fish and rice) in­cluded; con­ti­nen­tal break­fast must be or­dered in ad­vance. Rooms are good-sized and have a newly re­mod­eled show area, but no pri­vate bath. Tea is served through­out the day in the com­mu­nal vis­it­ing area. Rates: $54 to $64 per per­son per night.

WHERE TO EAT Washokuya Hap­poh 22 Hi­gashimuki-Naka­machi (in­side the Hi­gashimuki Shop­ping Mall) 011-81-742-26-4834

Cozy fam­ily-style lo­cale serv­ing com­fort food like thick udon noo­dle soup and karaage (deep­fried chicken). There is also an ex­ten­sive sake list. Lunch from $6 to $9, din­ner $3 to $12.

WHAT TO DO Nara Park South of No­bo­ri­oji Street 011-81-742-27-8036 The idyl­lic park area in the city’s north­east, where more than 1,000 tame – even af­fec­tion­ate – deer roam among land­mark tem­ples. High­lights in­clude i-ji tem­ple, a grand, wooden ed­i­fice that houses a 500-ton Bud­dha statue. Visi­tors must en­ter 30 min­utes be­fore clos­ing. Ad­mis­sion $8; $2.60 for chil­dren.

Ise Jingu Uji­tachi­cho, Ise, Mie Pre­fec­ture 011-81-596-24-1111 ise­jingu.or.jp/en/in­dex.html From Nara, leave at dawn to catch the var­i­ous trains to this sprawl­ing shrine com­plex of­ten re­ferred to as Ja­pan’s Vatican. The shrines them­selves are aus­tere and hard to see from the path­ways. Pick up a map at the Ise Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter, lo­cated about a 10-minute walk from the Ise train sta­tion. Shrines are open from dawn to dusk, year-round. Free en­try.

IN­FOR­MA­TION It is worth buy­ing a Ja­pan Rail Pass in ad­vance to save time and money while trav­el­ing within the coun­try. Visi­tors must book tick­ets from out­side Ja­pan at ja­pan-rail­pass.com. De­pend­ing on du­ra­tion of use, the cur­rent ex­change rate and type of pass, prices range from $19 to $227.

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