All Attractions in Nara

Nara Attractions

Nara attractions including Todaiji Temple with the Giant Buddha, Nara Park with tame deer, Kasuga-taisha, Kofukuji, Yakushiji, Isuien Garden, Toshodaiji, Heijo Palace, Nara National Museum, Gangoji, Wakamiya Shrine and Yoshikien Garden. As a former capital of Japan, Nara has many great attractions including many World Heritage Sites. Many of the Nara attractions are focused in or around Nara Park including temples, shrines, museums and gardens. Our guide  includes the Top Ten Nara Attractions as voted by our readers.

We have organised our guide to Nara Tourist Attractions into categories to make it easy to find what you are looking for, plus there is a map of the attractions.

  • Enjo-ji Temple

    Enjo-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in north eastern Nara. Enjo-ji Temple is believed to have been established in 756AD. The two oldest structures at Enjo-ji Temple, which are both designated Important Cultural Properties, are the two story gate built in 1468 and the Hondo in Read more [...]

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    Todaiji Temple – Nandaimon Gate

    Nandaimon Gate is the Great Southern Gate for Todaiji Temple. Nandaimon Gate is around 400m south of the main Todaiji Temple and today almost appears to be a separate structure by itself. Nandaimon Gate, being part of Todaiji Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the Read more [...]

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    Yata-dara Temple

    Yata-dara Temple is a Buddhist temple, also know as Yatasan- Kongosenji Temple is famous for its hillside gardens full of hydrangeas. Yata-dara Temple is in Nara.

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    Yoshikien Garden

    Yoshikien Garden is a beautiful traditional Japanese garden which features a tea house, a Pond Garden, Moss Garden and a Tea Ceremony Flower Garden. Yoshikien Garden is in Nara, near Nara Park and almost next to another famous garden, Isuien Garden.

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    Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara, which is famous for being the world’s largest wooden building, which houses Japan’s largest statue of Buddha and the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. Todaiji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Read more [...]

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    Toshodaiji Temple

    Toshodaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara, that is the head temple in Japan of the Ritsu-shi sect of Buddhism. Toshodaiji Temple has many buildings dating back to 759 that are National Treasures. Toshodaiji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Read more [...]

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    Wakamiya Shrine

    Wakamiya Shrine is a Subordinate shrine of Kasuga Taisha Shrine and a complex of 12 small shrines. Wakamiya Shrine was established in 1135. The Main Hall, Oratory, Kaguraden (music hall) and Ablution Pavilion are designated as National Treasures. Wakamiya Shrine is famous for its On Matsuri (Festival of Japanese traditional Read more [...]

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    Yakushiji Temple

    Yakushiji Temple is one of the most famous imperial and ancient Buddhist temples in Japan, in Nara. Yakushiji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.

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    Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine

    Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine is the first branch of Usa Hachimangu Shrine (Usa-shi, Oita-ken), which was established in 749AD in order to protect Todaiji Temple. Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine was separated from Todaiji Temple in Meiji Period due to the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism. The original buildings were destroyed by fire Read more [...]

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    Nara Station JR

    Nara Station JR is the main Japan Rail Station for Nara. Nara Station JR has five lines including the: Yamatoji Line which connects to Osaka Prefecture Station JR and Namba Station JR. Nara Line with connect to Kyoto Station and Uji.