Discover Ikaruga

Find Ikaruga on the northwest corner of Nara prefecture. Ikaruga is known for being home to several Buddhist temples, including a UNESCO world heritage site.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

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Getting around in Ikaruga

The easiest way to get around in Ikaruga is by car, since many of the major sights and attractions are not accessible by public transportation. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 



Travelers can also opt to buy the following passes to get around:

  • Nara Bus 1-Day Wide Pass

    • Coverage:

      • all Nara Kotsu buses within Nara City

      • also covers buses Ikaruga

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 1000 Yen

    • Where to buy: Nara Station

 

  • Nara Bus 2-Day Wide Pass

    • Coverage:

      • all Nara Kotsu buses within Nara City

      • also covers buses within Ikaruga

      • also covers buses within Asuka

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 1000 Yen

    • Where to buy: Nara Station

Getting to Ikaruga

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kansai International Airport in Osaka. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour

 

Car rentals:

How long to stay in Ikaruga

We recommend staying in Ikaruga for about one day. 
 

Hotels in Ikaruga

Flights to Ikaruga

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kansai International Airport in Osaka. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour

Seasonal information

Hiking:

The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

 

Water parks:

The swimming season on mainland Japan is usually between July and August. 

 

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