Todaiji in Nara
Todaiji Temple in Nara
Deer in Nara
Deer in Nara

Nara

Nara was Japan's first permanent capital city from 710 until 784. It contains a number of historically important buildings and sites including Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden building, the Daibutsuden. Deer are considered a sacred animal and wander the streets freely in Nara. They are relatively tame and can be fed but be careful holding food as they can be a little aggressive at times!

 

Stay

There are a number of western style hotels including Nara Hotel. In general our clients visit Nara as a day trip from either Kyoto or Osaka. Access by train to Nara from Kyoto or Osaka is less than an hour.

 

Location

Kyoto - it is approximately 45 minutes from Kyoto to Nara. There are two different lines/options either JR or Kintetsu.

Osaka - it is between 30 minutes and 45 minutes from Osaka to Nara. There are two different lines/options either JR or Kintetsu.

Tokyo - it is approximately fours hours from Tokyo to Nara via Kyoto.

 

Events

The timing of the cherry blossoms can vary from year to year but the cherry blossoms in Nara are usually at their peak in early April. The autumn colours are usually at their peak in mid to late November.