NARA Visitor Center & Inn is located by the Sarusawa Pond in Nara City, a short walking distance from Kintetsu Nara station and Nara station. It is the hub for all travel resources when visiting Nara. If you have any questions, need travel recommendations, or are looking for transportation guidance this is the stop to make.
The visitor center offers services that will ease your travels in Nara. Find an ATM serving overseas cards and foreign currency exchange at the service counter. Drop your bags off at the baggage storage to rid the excessive weight off your shoulders as you explore the nearby areas. The travelers lounge is equipped with computers and i-pads available for use free of charge. If they are taken, use the free Wi-Fi, to start planning your adventure on your own devices. Find pamphlets and maps for basic information and tips on where to go. The multilingual staff are also extremely helpful and are happy to share the must-see sights and eats that you will not find in travel pamphlets.
In addition to the many services offered here, you will find daily walking tours and free cultural activities to participate in. This is a great chance to learn and experience the art of Ikebana (flower arranging), dress in a Tempyo gown, or challenge yourself with Japanese calligraphy. Take the free excursion buses available every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until October 31st, for a ride to either Asuka Village or Mount Yoshino. The famous sights and activities are not limited to Nara City so don't miss out on this opportunity to explore all the beauty Nara Prefecture has to offer!
Located next to the Sarusawa Pond, it's a 5-6 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station or a 10-15 minute walk from JR Nara Station.
Nara Park was created in 1880 and is located in the city of Nara, which is easily accessible from Kyoto or Osaka. The vast area extends over 660 hectares and is known for its free-roaming deer and world-famous temples. Founded in 1880, it is home to many of Nara's top attractions, including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji, and the Nara National Museum. The game can be fed special treats and some animals even bow to the visitors. The more than 1000 deer from Nara, which are considered messengers of the gods, have become a symbol of the city and are even called a natural treasure.
Todai-ji Temple, also known as the Great Eastern Temple, was originally built in 752 at the behest of Emperor Shomu. It is one of the most famous and historically significant temples in all of Japan and one of the landmarks of Nara. The Todai-ji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Until recently, the main hall of Todai-ji, Daibutsuden, was the largest wooden building in the world. The massive structure houses one of the largest cast bronze Buddha statues (Daibutsu) in Japan, which is 15 meters tall. Another popular attraction is a pillar with a floor-level hole that is exactly the size of the Buddha's nostril. Whoever manages to squeeze through this opening will supposedly reach enlightenment in the next life.
나라공원의 가장 안쪽에 있고, 코후쿠지(興福寺)나 도다이지(東大寺)에 낀 미카사야마(三笠山)기슭에 진좌한 가스가다이샤(春日大社)는 나라(奈良)의 심벌중 하나이다. 길게 뻗은 참도를 걸으면 사슴들이 풀을 뜯고, 사람들이 벤치에 앉아 책을 읽거나 소풍을 하거나 느긋하게 지내는 것을 볼 수 있다. 5월 등나무꽃의 달콤한 향기가 경내에 풍겼다. 신원인 만엽식물원에서는 20종류의 200여 송이의 등나무가 아름다운 꽃을 피우고 그 중원과 절분에는 조상의 공양과 소원성취를 기원하는 만토로(万燈籠)가 펼쳐진다. 매년 8월 14, 15일은 오후 7시경부터, 2월 3일은 오후 6시 반경부터 봉납된 3000기의 등롱에 불이 켜진다.