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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.
Nara features hotels and other accommodations to suit everyone. Using our booking page, you can choose from 34 Nara hotels and motels.
Discerning travelers who delight in the finer things in life can choose from the Nara Hotel, at 1096 Takabatake-cho, and the Hotel Nikko Nara, at 8-1 Sanjo-hommachi. Should you find that those two don't fit with your requirements, the Guesthouse Narakomachi and the Nara Ugaya Guest House – Hostel are two more economical hotels that may be what you're looking for.
While you are spending time in Nara of course you will want to visit Todaiji Temple, so another option is to find a place within walking distance of this famed attraction. The Hotel New Wakasa is approximately 0.3 miles away. Another popular choice is the Asukasou, which is about 0.7 miles away.
Located in the heart of Nara, this hotel is steps from Mt. Wakakusayama, Naramachi, and Shin yakushiji Temple.
Situated in Nara, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mt. Wakakusayama, Kofuku-ji Shrine, and Nara National Museum. Todaiji Temple and Nara Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
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 mi (2 km).
Situated in Nara, this hotel is close to Mt. Wakakusayama, Todaiji Temple, and Kofuku-ji Shrine. Also nearby are Nara National Museum and Nara Park.
Situated in Nara, this spa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Hokke-ji Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Todaiji Temple and Kofuku-ji Shrine. Nara National Museum and Toshodai-ji Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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 mi (2 km).
Situated in Nara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mt. Wakakusayama and Kofuku-ji Shrine. Todaiji Temple and Nara National Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in the historical district, this ryokan is within 6 mi (10 km) of Shosoin Temple, Todaiji Temple, and Nara National Museum. Kofuku-ji Shrine and Kasuga Shrine are also within 6 mi (10 km).