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.

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    Nara-ken New Public Hall

    Nara-ken New Public Hall is in Nara Park and was constructed in 1987 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Nara Prefecture. Nara-ken New Public Hall features a Noh theatre which can also be used as a auditorium, plus conference rooms, reception hall and a garden.

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    Nigatsudo Temple

    Nigatsudo Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is part of a sub temple complex which is within the Todaiji Temple complex. Nigatsudo Temple is to the east of the Great Buddha Hall on the side of Mount Wakakusa in Nara Park where it provides a great view across the valley Read more [...]

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    Saidaiji Temple

    Saidaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect which is in Nara. Saidaiji Temple means Great Western Temple as it is to the west of its counterpart Todaiji Temple. Saidaiji Temple was established in 765AD.

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    Nara National Museum

    Nara National Museum houses an excellent collection of Buddhist art including paintings, sculpture and altar articles. Many of the items on display are on loan to the museum from Buddhist temples in the Nara region. The original Nara National Museum building was completed in 1889 and is an Important Cultural Read more [...]

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    Nara Park

    Nara Park is a large public park (660 ha) and is a major focus of the famous sites of Nara including several sites that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Listing of “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”. Nara Park is designated one of the “Places of Scenic Beauty” by the Read more [...]

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    Kofukuji Temple Museum

    Kofukuji Temple Museum is within the Kofukuji Temple complex and is formally known as the Kofukuji Temple National Treasure Museum. Completed in 1959 it houses National Tresures and Important Cultural Properties including various artworks (statues, paintings and craft works), plus historical documents and books.

  • Koriyama Castle

    Koriyama Castle (also known as Yamato Koriyama Castle) is a mountain top style Japanese Castle which was completed in 1580. Koriyama Castle is Yamatokoriyama in Nara Prefecture. Today only some of the walls, moats, turret and gates remain. Koriyama Castle is surrounded by gardens and is considered one of Japan’s Read more [...]

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    Kofukuji – Hoku-endo Temple

    Hoku-endo Temple is the Northern Octagonal Hall which was completed in 721 at the request of Empress Genmeiand to mark the first year since the death of Fujiwara Fuhito. The current building is a reconstruction completed around 1210. Hoku-endo Temple is part of the Kofukuji Temple.

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    Kofukuji Temple

    Kofukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara. Kofukuji Temple is a large temple complex featuring two pagodas plus many National Tresures and Important Cultural Properties. Kofukuji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.