Discover Nara

Less then an hour from Kyoto, you will find the historical city of Nara. When you arrive at the station you will almost immediately be greeted by the many deer that wander the streets of Nara. These cute animals are everywhere in Nara, swarming the local gardens and temple grounds. The city itself used to be the capital, centuries ago. Which is why it remains full of beautiful historical temples and interesting sights.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

FAQs

Getting around in Nara

The easiest way around Nara is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. 

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

  • Nara Bus Pass
    • Coverage: all Nara Kotsu buses within Nara City
    • Duration: 1 day
    • Price: 500 Yen
    • Where to buy: Nara Station

 

  • Nara Bus 1-Day Wide Pass
    • Coverage:
      • all Nara Kotsu buses within Nara City
      • also covers buses in 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 Asaku
    • Duration: 1 day
    • Price: 1000 Yen
    • Where to buy: Nara Station
       
  • Kintetsu Rail Pass
    • Coverage:
      • All trains on the Kintetsu Local, Rapid and Express Trains between Osaka, Nara and Kyoto
      • all Nara Kotsu buses within Nara City
      • also covers buses Ikaruga
    • Duration: 1 day or 2 days
    • Price: 1500 Yen or 2500 Yen
    • Where to buy: Nara Station (only available to foreign tourists)

 

Getting to Nara

Travelers who come by train should get off at Kintetsu-Nara station. 

 

Rail Passes:

  • Kintetsu Rail Pass
    • Coverage:
      • All trains on the Kintetsu Local, Rapid and Express Trains between Osaka, Nara and Kyoto
      • all Nara Kotsu buses within Nara City
      • also covers buses Ikaruga
    • Duration: 1 day or 2 days
    • Price: 1500 Yen or 2500 Yen
    • Where to buy: Nara Station (only available to foreign tourists)
       

 

Rental Cars:

 

Nearest Airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Kansai international airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

How long to stay in Nara

We recommend staying here between one and two days.
 

Hotels in Nara

Flights to Nara

Festivals in Nara

There are two famous festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of the festivals, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Chugen Mantoro Festival

    • Date: August 14th and 15th

    • Time: 19:00 - 21:30
       

  • Basara Festival

    • Date: August 24th and 25th

    • Time: 11:00 - 20:30

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