Explore Nara

Todaiji Temple in Nara

Facts & Figures

Nara has a population of approx. 360000 and is the captial of the Nara Prefecture. For a short time period from 710 to 794 (Nara period) the city was also the capital of Japan. Later the status was moved to Kyoto. The city is famous for its 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites also known as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara. The sites are Todaiji Temple, Heijo Palace, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, Saidaiji, Gangoji, Yakushiji and the Kasugayama Primeval Forest. Best Ryokans in Nara Explore Ryokans in Nara >
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My tip: I was fascinated by the largest wooden structure in the world, which can be found within the Todaiji Temple complex. The size of the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is breathtaking.

My tips for local activities

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Nara is located on the main island Honshu near Kyoto within the Nara Prefecture.

How to get to Nara?

  • People from foreign countries arrive usually at the Kansai Airport in Osaka and
  • 50min from Osaka Station to Nara by Yamatoji Rapid Service or
  • 39min from Osaka Namba Station to Nara served by Kintetsu Nara Line