About Nara
Area:3,690.94 sq. km

Japan’s first permanent capital from AD 710 to 794 (known then as Heijo), as well as the site of the ancient capitals of Asuka and Fujiwara, it goes without saying that Nara is filled with history and culture.

Nara is renowned for its many prestigious temples, led by Todai-ji (home of the Nara Great Buddha) and Horyu-ji, the oldest wooden building in the world. The lesser-known Asuka Temple is considered to be the oldest temple in Japan, constructed in AD 588. The traditional performing art of Daimokutate is performed every October 12th and is a sight to behold.

One of the most iconic sights of Nara is Nara Park; in addition to it containing Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, and Kasuga Shrine, it is famous for its roaming deer - visitors can even feed them! The town of Yoshino is arguably the best spot in Japan for cherry blossom viewing.

Things to Do in Nara

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Sarusawa Pond in Nara

A sad story with a beautiful view

Mechanical Toys & Puppet Museum

Play with antique karakuri handicrafts in Naramachi

Cafe Wakakusa in Nara

Enjoy crêpes and cappuccino in a global-minded cafe

Big Buddha's Legacy in Nara

Enjoy a great view visiting Todaiji

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Tōdai-ji, Deer, and Gardens in Nara

Friendly deer to tourist friendly gardens explore Nara

Nara is one of the most beautiful and compact cities in Japan. Well worth a day trip if you are staying in Kyoto or Osaka!

Sarusawa Pond in Nara

A sad story with a beautiful view


Caffé Ciao Presso

Have a cup of real Italian coffee in Nara

The Buddha latte art is so cool! I've never seen it anywhere except this photo story.

Naramachi Shopping District

Traditional Nara shopping

Really nice place due can feel traditional atmosphere during walk along naramachi.