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Nara

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World heritage site · Sacred & Religious Sites · Wildlife Areas
Ancient City
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total. Including Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and imperial ruins, the sites tell the story of faith, art, and politics in the burgeoning nation, and today represent the backbone of Nara tourism. Pristine temple gardens and an ancient, sprawling forest provide the natural sites to go with all the manmade jewels, with the latter supporting a large population of deer, a symbol of the city. Add Nara and other destinations in Japan to your travel itinerary using our Japan visit site.
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Popular things to do in Nara

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World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Wildlife Area
Nara Park
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
World heritage site
Kofuku-ji Temple
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Nara

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Mountain
Mt. Koya Koya-cho
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Byodoin Uji
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cemetery
Koyasan Okunoin Koya-cho
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Aquarium
Toba Aquarium Toba
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Nara

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World heritage site
Toshodai-ji Temple
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Walking tour
Walking tours
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Nigatsu-do Temple
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Beer Tasting / Tour
Japan Tour Adventure in Nara
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Nara

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Specialty Museum
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Okumura Commemorative Museum
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Nara

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Religious Site
Daibutsuden
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Historic Site
Todaiji Keidaicho
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Yakushi-ji Temple
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Akishinodera Temple
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Nara

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Antique Store
Experience YAMATO
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Gift & Specialty Shop
Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Gift & Specialty Shop
Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Shopping Mall
Nara Family
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Nara Wellness Tourism
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Saho River
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Isuien Garden
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Architectural Building
Nara National Museum
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Nara

The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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