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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    Kofukuji Temple – Nan’ endo Hall

    Nan’endo Hall is the Southern Octagonal Hall of Kofukuji Temple and is the ninth temple on the West Japan Thirty Three Temple Pilgrimage Route. The original hall was completed in 813 at the request of Fujiwara-no-Fuyutsugu. The current building was reconstructed in 1789. Nan’endo Hall is part of the Kofukuji Read more [...]

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    Isuien Garden

    Isuien Garden is the only walking style garden in Nara. Isuien Garden is actually two Japanese gardens that were joined together to form one larger garden. Isuien Garden dates back to the Meiji era (1899).

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    Kasuga Taisha Shrine

    Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the head shrine for around 3,000 Kasuga Shrines throughout Japan and is within Nara Park, Nara. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.

  • Kasugayama Primeval Forest

    Kasugayama Primeval Forest is on the hills to the east of Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Listing of ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.’

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    Heijo Palace

    Heijo Palace was the former Imperial Palace during the Nara Period, when Nara was the capital of Japan. Today little remains above the ground of the original buildings and there is now a reconstruction of Suzakumon (gate) to the palace. Heijo Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms Read more [...]

  • Heijo-kyo

    Heijo-kyo, also known as Nara no miyako, was the capital city of Japan during most of the Nara period (710-740 and 745-784). Heijo-kyo was focused around the World Heritage Site of Heijo Palace in what today is Nara city.

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    Himurojinja Shrine

    Himurojinja Shrine is opposite Nara Park and is dedicated to the God of ice. During its Ice Dedication Festival, in May each year, a pole of ice which is packed with carp and breams is presented to the God.

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    Hokke-do Hall

    Hokke-do Hall is part of the Nigatsudo sub temple complex which is within the Todaiji Temple complex. Hokke-do Hall (Lotus Hall) is significant because it is the oldest structure in Todaiji Temple dating back to 747AD. Hokke-do Hall is to the east of the Great Buddha Hall on the side Read more [...]