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Nara

With some excellent visitor attractions, Nara is a perfect destination for both short and longer visits.

This is an area of Nara that approximately 370,000 people call home.

It is located about 230 miles west of the national capital, Tokyo. It's also 6 miles north of Tenri.

Want to start your adventure with a bang? A famed attraction, the Todaiji Temple should be at the top of your itinerary.

Make sure the whole family has a good time by checking out a few of the child-friendly activities in the area. Spend a day or two exploring local favorites like the Shigisan Nodokamura Farm and the Kashihara Municipal Children's Museum of Science. The Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum is also heaps of fun.

The Uda Animal Park is a great place to take the family for an exciting afternoon among big and small animals. Be sure to ask at the entrance about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's favorite specimens.

If you're hoping to learn about the local flora, a visit to the Takidani Hanashobu Garden and the Manyo Botanical Garden is a great idea.

For fresh air and relaxation, pack a picnic and head out to one of the area's scenic urban parks, such as Nara Park or the Isui-en Garden. Yoshino-Kumano National Park and Kasugayama Hill Primeval Forest are two more excellent places to while away the day and catch up on some reading.

With plenty of pamphlets and maps on hand, Nara Information Center is an excellent place to discover what's going on in Nara.

Sarusawa-ike and Tsuburoko Lake are popular for scenic walks and spotting the local wildlife.

Leave your phone in the glove compartment and have a break from the noises of the modern world at Asuka Historical Park and Mount Yoshino. Dorogawa Onsen and Mt. Wakakusayama are also appreciated by lovers of the natural world.

See the world from a different perspective with a visit to one of the area's well-curated cultural spaces. The Nara National Museum and the Nara City Museum of Photography offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your attention. Equally rewarding are the Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara and the Asuka Historical Museum.

An oasis for art lovers, this area is home to numerous spaces in which artists and designers can exhibit their wares. Stop by the Museum Yamato Bunkakan and the Shohaku Art Museum and see the best of what this creative city has to offer. If you can fit them in, the Nara Prefectural Art Museum and the Neiraku Art Museum are also well worth checking out.

Even if you're not a history geek, you'll enjoy reflecting on the past at the Nara Prefectural Museum of Folklore or the National Asuka History Park Museum.

To learn more about the area's rich and fascinating past, pay a visit to its historic monuments and buildings. Commence your history tour at Heijo Palace and the Kinpusenji Temple. When it comes to bygone times, there's always more to discover. Imanishi Family Residence and Former Kometanike Residence are two more insightful places to stop by.

Discover the region's spiritual side and enjoy some quiet contemplation at the Kofuku-ji Shrine and the Yakushi-ji Temple. If you'd be interested to look at more religious sites, keep your eyes peeled for tours at Kasuga Shrine and the Toshodai-ji Temple.

Regardless of whether you're staying in Nara for work or for pleasure, you're not going to regret a stop at the Kōfuku-ji National Treasure Hall or the Daibutsu-den Hall.


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Onyado Nono Nara Natural Hot Spring

Onyado Nono Nara Natural Hot Spring

Omiyacho 1-6, Nara
4.5
of 5, from 19 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Nara, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Denkoji, Kofuku-ji Shrine and Nara National Museum. Todaiji Temple and Nara Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£84
Nara Hotel

Nara Hotel

1096 Takabatake-cho, Nara
4.4
of 5, from 407 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gango-ji Temple, Nara National Museum and Kofuku-ji Shrine. Todaiji Temple and Nara Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£31
Centurion Hotel Classic Nara

Centurion Hotel Classic Nara

1-51 Aburasakacho, Nara
4.1
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Nara, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Denkoji, Kofuku-ji Shrine, and Nara National Museum. Todaiji Temple and Nara Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£47
Nara Washington Hotel Plaza

Nara Washington Hotel Plaza

31-1 Shimosanjo-cho, Nara
3.7
of 5, from 231 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Nara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Denkoji and Kofuku-ji Shrine. Todaiji Temple and Nara National Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£71
PIAZZA HOTEL NARA

PIAZZA HOTEL NARA

Sanjo-hommachi 11-20, Nara
4.4
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Nara, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Denkoji, Kofuku-ji Shrine, and Nara National Museum. Todaiji Temple and Nara Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£62
Hotel Nikko Nara

Hotel Nikko Nara

8-1 Sanjo-hommachi, Nara
4.2
of 5, from 822 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Nara, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Denkoji, Kofuku-ji Shrine, and Nara National Museum. Todaiji Temple and Nara Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£53
Hotel Fujita Nara

Hotel Fujita Nara

47-1 Shimosanjo-cho, Nara
4.2
of 5, from 470 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Nara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Denkoji, Kofuku-ji Shrine and Nara National Museum. Todaiji Temple and Nara Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£48
Toyoko Inn Kintetsu Nara Ekimae

Toyoko Inn Kintetsu Nara Ekimae

16-1, Nishi-mikado-cho, Nara
3.6
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Nara, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nara Christ Church and Kofuku-ji Shrine. Todaiji Temple and Nara National Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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