1 day itinerary

Travel plan for first timers in Nara

Take a walk around Nara, a World Heritage city just like Kyoto. In addition to searching for those historical sites such as Todai-ji Temple’s Daibutsu-den Hall representing Japan’s World Heritage monuments, you can also fully appreciate the cityscape of Nara which is rich in tourism.

Day 1

Kofuku-ji ( 09:20 AM ~ 10:20 AM )
Naramachi ( 10:40 AM ~ 12:10 PM )
Kasuga Taisha ( 12:30 PM ~ 01:50 PM )
Nara Park ( 02:05 PM ~ 02:40 PM )
Todaiji ( 03:00 PM ~ 04:30 PM )

Day 1 - Nara

09:20 AM 10:20 AM   -   Kofuku-ji

A historic site that has been registered as a World Heritage site. Many National Treasures are present here including the Buddhist sculpture masterpiece, the Statue of Ashura. The five-storied pagoda reflected in Sarusawa Pond celebrates the superb scenery of Nara.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 600 JPY
Child: 200 JPY
Address 48 Noboriojicho Nara-shi, Nara See map
Telephone 0742-22-7755
Website http://www.kohfukuji.com/english.html

10:40 AM 12:10 PM   -   Naramachi

Walk through the townscape retaining the atmosphere of traditional townhouses (inhabited by merchants and artisans) in the final years of the Edo Era. There are also plenty of Japanese-style restaurants and cafés. It is a 20-minute walk from Naramachi to Kasuga-taisha Shrine but taking a taxi there is also handy.

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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

Differs depending on the facility

Differs depending on the facility
Address ならまち情報館,Chuincho, Nara-shi, Nara See map
Website http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/nara/naramachi.html

12:30 PM 01:50 PM   -   Kasuga Taisha

Explore the World Heritage site of Kasuga-taisha with its impressive red main shrine. At the Kasuga-taisha National Treasure Hall which was re-opened in 2016, valuable works of Buddhist art can be enjoyed.

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Business Hours April - September:  6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
October - March:  6:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Special admission to the front of the Main Sanctuary:  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Kasugataisha Museum: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Meoto Daikokusha: 9:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Botanical Garden:  March - November 9:00AM - 5:00PM
December - February 9:00AM - 4:30PM
(Opening hours may vary due to ceremonies or events)

Special admission area closed from around March 8 - March 13 and around December 20 - January 7
It is also closed from 9:40 AM - 12:00 PM on the following days:
The 1st, 11th, and 21st day of each month, the Coming-of-Age Day in January, Setsubun in February, February 17, March 14 and 15, April 3, the third Friday of May, May 5, May 10, August 7, August 15, October 9, November 3 and 23, December 17.
(Closing hours may vary)
May be closed at times other than those above for irregular ceremonies.
Price Adults: 500 YEN
Kasugataisha Museum
Adults: 500 YEN
College/High school students: 300 YEN
Junior/Elementary school students: 200 YEN

Man’yo Botanical Garden
Adults: 500 YEN
Children: 250 YEN
Address Kasuga-taisha 160 Kasuganocho Nara, Nara See map
Telephone 0742-22-7788
Website http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/about/index_en.html

02:05 PM 02:40 PM   -   Nara Park

Take a stroll through Nara Park which is famous for all of the wild deer living there. You can fully enjoy the verdant natural setting of Nara while taking part in the popular activity of feeding the deer inside the park.

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Business Hours Everyday
Price FREE
Address Nara Park, Nara, Nara Prefecture See map
Telephone 0742-27-8036
Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nara_Park

03:00 PM 04:30 PM   -   Todaiji

Head for Todai-ji, a World Heritage site that is Nara’s biggest highlight. The masterpiece that is the statue of Kongo Rikishi placed at Nandaimon Gate and Japan’s largest Great Buddha and other exhibits can be seen here. The sunset seen from Nigatsu-do Hall is exquisite.

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Business Hours April~October 7:30am-5:30pm
November~March 8:00am-5:00pm
Price Adults: 600 YEN
Child: 300 YEN
Address Todai-ji, 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara-shi, Nara See map
Telephone 0742-22-5511
Website http://www.todaiji.or.jp/english/index.html

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By Midori