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.
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:
Travelers who come by train should get off at Kintetsu-Nara station.
The nearest and most convenient airport is Kansai international airport.
We recommend staying here between one and two days.
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.
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
Date: August 24th and 25th
Time: 11:00 - 20:30