A Day Trip to Nara, Japan

Nara Side Trip

Nara (奈良市, Nara-shi) was the first capital of Japan. Just like Kyoto, Nara is known for its traditional and historical strictures and sites. Nara’s main attractions are Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Grand Shrine and Higashimuki Shopping Street. Nara is just an hour away from Kyoto and Osaka so a day trip to Nara is doable. Most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance making it easy to explore Nara in a day. You can also ride a train or a bus for attractions that are located outside Central Nara. I mainly strolled in Nara Park and Higashimuki Shopping Street.

Day Trip to nara

nara mochi

Nara Park is a huge park in Central Nara. The park is home to hundreds of deer freely roaming the area. Interacting with a deer is so much fun. It was surprising to see so many deers roaming freely.  You can buy  Shika Senbei (deer crackers) and feed the deer.  In Japan even the deers are so polite. The deer bows when they want you to give them some crackers. Some deer can kick and bite so be careful when feeding them.

deer in nara

feeding deer

How to Get to Nara:

The Kintetsu Nar stationa is nearerr to Nara Park than JR Nara station. To find time tables check Hyperdia or JR West Timetable and Fare Finder.

List of attractions Nara:

A day trip to Nara is very possible but you can definitely stay longer to visit all the tourist attarctions in Nara.

·         Todaiji Temple

·         Horyuji Temple

·         Omizutori

·         Isuien Garden

·         Nara Park

·         Kasuga Taisha

·         Toshodaiji Temple

·         Wakakusa Yamayaki

·         Yakushiji Temple

·         Shin-Yakushiji

·         National Museum

·         Heijo Palace

·         Kofukuji Temple

·         Yoshikien Garden

·         Naramachi

·         Wakaku

Read: Tokyo Adventures  or click here to read my Kyoto adventures.

Dino

Dino Is an adventurer, always looking for places to go, to eat and enjoy life. Sometimes a solo traveller but also enjoys travelling with friends.

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