Sightseeing in Nara

Interaction with Semi-Wild Deer which is designated as a special natural treasure in the world heritage "Nara Park"! Let's explore many Historical heritages!

Semi-Wild deer in Nara Park

Semi-Wild deer in Nara Park
"Nara Park" situated in the central of Nara, has plenty of nature covers 660 hectares. The park is also home to semi-wild deer which is designated as a protected animals and "Nara park" is the sightseeing place that Nara boast to the world.

In the Nara park, there are so many national treasure buildings (Todai-ji, Kasuga taisha, Kofuku-ji etc) and world heritage sites. And also Nara National Museum and Mt.Wakakusa (superb view point) are located here. One day is not enough to see all of them. In addition, a lot of festivals and events represent Nara are held through out the year (Wakakusa yama Grass Burning Festival, Nara Toekai for example).

Walking in Nara park, you can feel the elegant atmosphere of ancient capital city from the plenty of nature and historical buildings and it make you forget the busyness of presend-day.

Don't forget to visit "Nara Park" when you have sightseeing in Nara.

Table of contents for this article

1,Basic information
2,Useful information
4,Best Point of Nara Park
5,Photo of Nara Park
6,Access information to Nara Park

1,Basic information

Name: Nara Koen
Name in English: NARA PARK
Prefecture: Nara
Area: Nara city (around Nara Park)
Address: 469 zoshi-cho, Nara-city, Nara
Tel :0742-22-0375 ※Nara Park office
Open: 24 hours
Price: Free
※Buy the ticket for visiting the buildings and museums.

Car Parking: 〇 (Toll parking a lot)
※Nara prefectural Daibutsu mae parking (Toll parking a lot) and others are near by.

official web site:http://nara-park.com/index.html

2,Useful information

Less than 10 min walk from a station: ◯
Credit Card: ☓
Accompanied with: friend/date/family/alone
Staff who can speak foreign language: Unknown
Free Wi-Fi: Unknown
Duration: 1 hour 〜


Nara Park Map

In the huge site of Nara Park there are many interesting historical buildings.
Look at the map and enjoy your original sightseeing tour in the Nara Park.

Map for printing (PDF)

Main buildings and spots in the Nara Park

●Todai-ji ※World heritage
●Kasuga Taisha ※World heritage
●Kofuku-ji ※World heritage
●Nara national museum
●Nara prefectual office rooftop garden
●Wakakusa yama
●Ukigumo enchi ※enchi means garden
●Nobori-oji enchi
●Araike enchi
●Kasugano enchi
●Kasugayama primeval forest ※World heritage
●Sarusawai enchi

4,What's the Best Point of Nara Park?

In the Nara Park, there are many way to enjoy. For example, you can feel relax in the garden or feed the deer with shika senbei (deer crackers) or visit the historical places etc. We show you some interesting points to give you the ideas.

Interaction with Semi-wild Deer designated as a protected animals!

Deer in Nara park is designated as a protected animals, but we can interact with them very closely. Watching the deer stroll in the Park or feed the shika senbei. This is one of the best activity of Nara Park.

Deer in Nara Park
Deer in Nara Park

Feed the shika senbei
This activity is very popular for adults and children.

This is the historical park! Visit the historical buildings

"Todai-ji" famous for "Daibutus", "Kasuga Taisha","Kofuku-ji" famous for "Five-Storied Pagoda" and also other historical buildings are situated in Nara Park. There is no Park like Nara Park which has so many historical buildings in the area.

Todai ji Daibutsu den

Kasuga Taisha
Kasuga Taisha
Source by: http://heiwa-ga-ichiban.jp/sekai/photo/sekai0502.html

Kofuku ji
Source by: http://heiwa-ga-ichiban.jp/sekai/photo/sekai0502.html

Nara Park Night illumination

The historical buildings in Nara Park are lit up in the night throughout the year. By the illumination these buildings show us a elegance and refinement different from daytime. Please see the another charm of Nara Park with beautiful night sky and silence of the night.

Nara Park illumination
●Period: through out the year ※summer time only in Todaiji
●Time: 7pm~10pm ※ September from 8pm ~

"Mt.Wakakusa" One of the New Three Great Night View place in Japan!

Wakakusa yama (342 meters height) covered with grass attracts not only tourist but also Nara people. Especially the night view from the top of the mountain is superb and selected as "New Three Great Night View of Japan". You can approach to around the top by car so this place is popular for dating couples.

Wakakusa yama

"Yamayaki (Grass Burning Festival in Wakakusa yama)" Annual event of Nara

Wakakusa yama
Source by: Nara sightseeing association web site/http://narashikanko.or.jp/yamayaki/

Wakakusa yama is famous for the great view point but also it's is know for an annual main event of Nara.
That is "Wakakusa yama Yamayak" held in 4th Saturday of January.

Burn the grass whole district of Wakakusa yama and it herald the coming of early spring. Many people come to see this festival from all over the country.

Around 18:30 in winter, at the fireworks, it starts to burn the grass in Wakakusa yama. This spectacle is absolutely amazing.
Please come to see it.

"Nara Toekai" Summer traditional event of Nara. Illumination with a lot of candle light

Nara Toeikai Summer tradition

"Nara Toeikai" has became a summer traditional event in Nara Park.
During this event, the huge site of Nara Park is bathed in candle light.

The tender light of candle heel our soul and keep off from the summer heat.
"Nara Toeikai" has the meaning that wish the happiness for the people who come to see this event. Looking at the candle light in the summer night will be the great memory of your trip.

"Nara Toeikai" official web site

5,Photos of Nara Park

We show the nature of Nara Park by the photos.

Huge green grass in Nara Park

Nara Park

Semi-wild deer in Nara Park

Semi-wild deer and historical building

Todai- ji" famous for Daibutsu

Facade of Todai ji

"Shoso-in" famous for Silk Road treasures

Source by: Nara Park・Quick Guide information/http://nara-park.com/annnai2_16.html

"Nara National Museum"

Nara National Museum
Source by: Nara National Museum・Quick Guide information/http://nara-park.com/annnai2_14.html

"Sarusawa ike"

Sarusawa ike
Source by: Nara National Museum・Quick Guide information/http://nara-park.com/annnai2_6.html

6,Access information to Nara Park

Address: 469 zoshi-cho, Nara-city, Nara
Tel: 0742-22-0375 ※Nara Park Office


(by Train)
5 min walk from Kintetus Nara Line "Kintetsu Nara" station
20 min walk from JR Line "Nara" station

(by Bus)
At JR Line "Nara" station East exit Bus stop #2 , take the bus bound for Nara Park
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