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Things to do in Nara

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
““Nara Park” is a city park boasting an enormous area of ​​about 4 km from east to west and 2 km from north to south, with a total area of ​​about 502 hectares. The park is dotted with many national treasures and world heritage sites such as Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, and Kasuga Grand Shrine, and many Japanese and foreign tourists visit throughout the year.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Park
“Nagano Park comprises five park districts spreading at the foot of Mt. Kongo. Visit your favorite place and enjoy watching seasonal flowers, strolling in the forests, and watching wild birds.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“An old shrine constructed by the order of Emperor Ninken, enshrining Emperor Hanzei. It is said that the Tajihi-no-shibagaki-no-miya (imperial residence) stood in this location around the 5th century. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Buddhist Temple
“A huge temple occupying a vast temple area at the foot of Wakusakusan. There are many cultural assets of the heavyweight class, which is famous for the Buddha of Nara, the first national treasure in Rohto-Nava Buddha. One of 8 asset groups of world heritage "cultural property of Ancient Nara".”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Huge park! Our favorite!! Great place for a jog, walk, picnic and for kids to play!! Lots of fun play equipment. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Sublocality Level 2
“Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Very famous place for cherry blossoms! 35minutes by car from farmhouse. It takes about one hour and harf by train from here.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You can buy brand goods cheaply! Free shuttle bus runs from Keihan Moriguchi Station!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Nature
“660 hectares of vast nature and the harmony with the valuable historical cultural heritage are very pleasant by far the most, aren't they? Many highlights are here and there in the site, the one recommended in particular is Kasuga-taisha where vermilion coating is beautiful. It's also popular tourist attraction as a date. That a deer is free, even your family has time, and can enjoy himself comfortably. If deer rice crackers are bought, it's possible to be the popular figure circled by a deer in a moment. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Be loved by locals for the place to go for obtaining everyday goods in an all in one location, base conveniently on the Keihan line links to Kyoto from Osaka. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 1 local recommends
Place to shop
“A comprehensive facility for handmade arts and crafts, located in Hirano-ku, Osaka. Workshops are available in various areas, including glasswork, pottery, dyeing, weaving, woodwork, and gold-work. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“"Ishikiri-san" has been familiar to people in Osaka from olden times. On the approach to the shrine is an array of old-fashioned shops.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“In December 1998, the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” including Kasuga Taisha and Kasugayama Primeval Forest were designated as a joint UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Premise
“コシの強い麺に、おろし・薬味と生醤油をぶっかける、ぶっかけ麺や、出汁がおいしいつけ麺がおすすめです。そして夏に食べたいひやかけうどんは、うどんの歯ごたえがよく、もっちりしこしこの麺といりことカツオのブレンド出汁をシンプルに味わえます。牡蠣塩バターつけ麺という創作メニューもありますので、お試しを!ぶっかけ麺の生醤油「情熱しょうゆ」は200ml 300円で販売もされています。”
  • 1 local recommends
Place of Worship
“The grounds of Horyuji (Horyu Temple) house the world's oldest surviving wooden structures, conveying images of Japan as it existed more than 1,300 years ago, during the Asuka Period (A.D.mid 6th-beginning of 8th c.).”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“In our store quietly standing in a residential area near Namachima Please enjoy the original flavor and texture of buckwheat.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Gyoza no Osho Imazato" They serve Gyoza (dumpling), Ramen, Fried rice etc...”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“It's a conveyor belt sushi (sushi train) restaurant. Almost of sushi are only 108yen! Pick whatever you want from there! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Family restaurant is one of the most popular food service category in Japan, as same with some other parts of the world. There are some chains in the category where any kinds of diners are welcomed, from very young children, students, business people to elders. Among them, as one of our series posts of "affordable dining choice", we recommend "Gusto." Gusto is more casual and inexpensive version of a major family restaurant chain "Skylark." The chain may provide less numbers of meal choices and lower standard of services, while offering at lower prices. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Imazato teppanyaki" It is a teppan yaki (Grilling on the plate) restaurant that you can eat Japanese beef steak and seafood made by the chef on the plate. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“"Imazato Wasshoi" This is No.1 Ramen restaurant around this area. There is always a line of people. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Fugu Taro" Fugu (Blowfish) dishes are served here! Winter is the best season to eat Blowfish. There are hot pot, deep fried, sashimi of Blowfish. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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