Gangoji Temple is a Buddhist temple was established in 588 as part of Asuka-dera. In 718 it was moved to Nara and became one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara. Gangoji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.
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.
Former Daijoin Temple Garden in Nara is a garden where Daijoin Temple once stood. The garden was designed by Zen-ami in the mid Muromachi Period (1336 – 1568). In 1958 the site was designated as a Scenic Place. Starting in 1973 the Japan National Trust started restoring the garden.
Don Quijote is a chain of discount stores selling a wide range of products including groceries, electronics and clothing. This store is in Nara.
This Tourist Information Center is conveniently next to Nara Station JR and provides a good range of printed information on attractions of Nara. This Tourist Information Center is housed in the old Nara Station building which was built in 1890.