Nara Things to Do

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  • 1. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple (東大寺), or the Great Eastern Temple is the most famous temple of Nara, and also one of most important in all of Japan. The temple was constructed in 752, but the...

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  • 2. Nara Park

    Nara Park and Miyajima are probably Japan's most famous places to see, pet, and feed deer! The park itself is rather ordinary and unspectacular (not counting all of the historical sites within and...

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  • 3. Kofukuji Temple

    Kōfuku-ji Temple is one of the eight key locations in the Nara UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was the first temple established in Nara when the capital was moved here. The temple contains...

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  • 4. Kasuga Shrine

    Kasuga Taisha is an important Shinto shrine in Nara, dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city of Nara. It is located at the western foot of Mikasa-yama and Kasuga-yama, which...

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  • 5. Horyuji Temple

    Kondo, The Main-Hall of Horyuji Temple is one of the places where photography was totally forbidden inside, but at least we were allowed to take a look inside. Outside of the building you will see...

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  • 6. Nigatsu-do

    A pleasant escape from the crowds at Todai-ji is Nigatsu-do (one of todai-ji's sub temples). Entry is free and there are good views over the city towards the larger temple. On March the 13th there is...

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  • 7. Yakushiji Temple

    Yakushiji Temple was built to worship Yakushi Nyorai, god of medicine back in the 7th century however, as a result of fires, the temple you see today was rebuilt in the 1970s with the exception of the...

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  • 8. Yagyu Iris Garden

    In the far northeastern area of the city near the border with Kyoto Prefecture Nara's Yagyu area is home to a large iris garden. There are paths throughout the...

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  • 9. Naramachi

    Naramachi (literally Nara Town) is laid out around Gango-ji Temple (one of the 8 features of the Nara UNESCO World Heritage Site), south of the Sarusawa-no-ike...

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  • 10. Pet and Feed the Nara Deer

    Nara is home to several thousand sika deer, or spotted deer, many of whom are as tame as house pets, allowing visitors to feed and pet them, as well as take...

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  • 11. Heijō Palace

    Heijō Palace located on the western outskirts of Nara is one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara," a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heijō Palace...

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  • 12. Jubei Cedar

    The Jubei Cedar is considered to be a symbol of the Yagyu area and its history. The cedar is believed to date back to the time when the famous local samurai...

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  • 13. Nara Koen

    Nara park is a huge city park in which the major historic sites of Nara are preserved. The park is also home to a large population of deer that are considered...

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  • 14. Kasugayama Primeval Forest

    Kasugayama Primeval Forest is located on the hill behind Kasuga Shrine. Because of its ties with the shrine, the mountain and forest are considered to be...

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  • 15. Mount Wakakusayama

    Mount Wakakusa is the hill that overlooks Nara's historic center. During times of the year when it is open it makes a nice hiking course. The hiking trail takes...

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  • 16. Toshodaiji Temple

    Toshodaiji Temple was built by the Chinese priest Ganjin who is accredited with solidifying Japan as a Buddhist nation during the Nara Period. The Kondo (main...

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  • 17. Omizutori

    Omizutori is held every year from March 1 to March 14 at Nigatsu-do for over 1200 years. Every night they light toches and hang them out over the balcony of the...

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  • 18. Wakakusa Yamayaki

    Wakakusa Yamayaki literally means "burning of Mount Wakakusa" and that's exactly what happens! The festival takes place every year on January 28. It begins with...

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  • 19. Naoya Shiga Residence

    The former residence of Naoya Shiga is preserved here in Nara. Naoya Shiga is not so well-known abroad, but in Japan he was a famous, influential writer in the...

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  • 20. Shin-Yakushiji Temple

    Shin-Yakushiji Temple was built in 747. Yakushi Nyorai is the principal deity worshipped here. People pray to him for good health and this temple was built in...

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  • 21. Jinrikisha...Human Powered Wheels

    Human Powered Wheels, is little expensive since the one who is pulling is japanese. I recommend to take the short course for 10 mins and costs 3000 en... it...

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  • 22. Issuien Garden

    The original garden was made in the 1670s as part of a subtemple of Kofukuji Temple but the garden you see today is the result of modifications during the early...

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  • 23. Yoshikien Garden

    Yoshikien Garden is located right next to Issuien Garden (you can see parts of each garden from the other). It is a former privately owned garden now open to...

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  • 24. Saidaiji Temple

    Not to be confused with the temple in Okayama by the same name (where the Naked Man Festival is held), Nara's Saidaiji was one of the Seven Great Temples of...

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  • 25. Heijo Palace Ruins

    When Nara was the capital of Japan it was known as Heijo-kyo. While none of the buildings from the original palace remain, the palace site still contains a few...

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