Another famous city of the Kansai region is Nara. With the total area of 276.84 km2, Nara is one of the most popular tourism city in Japan. It attracts a great number of tourists every year coming to its top tourist attractions such as Nara Park, Nara Dreamland, Yakushi – ji to name but a few. Dating back to the long history of Nara, it is flourished under the influence of Buddhism which explains why there were many temple constructions in Nara together with an enormous figure of cultural structures, buildings, masterpieces and books some of which are still preseved until today. Nara is recognised to have the largest number of buildings designated as National Treasures in Japan.
1. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Todaji Temple
This is recognized as the world’s largest wooden building, also the most powerful Buddhist temple in Japan. Attracting people from its very ancient architect, each year, there are many visitors, especially buddhists coming to Todaji Temple to express their respects making it one of the most popular places in Nara. Todaji has been recognised by UNESCO as one of World Heritages presenting in Nara. Now, Todaiji houses the country’s largest bronze Buddha. If you have chance, with all of your respects, let take time to visit this wonderful temple.
2. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Isuien Garden
Isuien Garden is just a small stroll from Todaiji Temple. This has been serving as the only walking park existing in Nara. With 2 main seperate part, the garden offers guests a gorgeous view of both natural and man-made beauty. Coming to this beautiful place, you will have chance to walk through the paths between wonderful ponds and various lines of tree of all species, forget about the hustle and bustle pace of life outside and enjoy the low pace of life along with the wild nature. This is an ideal destination for everyone.
3. Top tourist attractions in Nara: National Museum
If you are in Nara, put the National Museum on top of your check – list. Located in Noborioji-cho, Nara, this national museum contains many treasures from around Japan and has been designated as Important Cultural Property of Japan. Established as an Imperial Museum of Nara in 1889, the museum was just a small building at first. Through nearly 30 years of development, its facilities now are rennovated and extended in large scale. The National Museum, at present, consists of the original main building, East and West Wings, a lower level passageway and one Buddhist Art Library. Visiting Nara National Museum, you can learn a lot more about the exhibits, Buddhism, and Buddhist art.
4. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Kasuga Taisha Shrine
This is well known as the most celebrated shrine with a great number of lanterns. This shrine is attractive right from its gate with the giant rack of sake barrels near the front gate and the fountain-statue of a giant buck. Kasuga Taisha attracts a lot of people every year, especially on the Lantern Festivals in early February and mid August which are celebrated twice a year. During the festivals, thousands of lanterns are lit everywhere in the shrine which creates a very wonderful site. It would be a memorable vacation for you if you have a chance in Nara in the festival seasons.
5. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Nara Park
Nara Park is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, Nara Park includes 3 tourist attractions: Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha and Kofukuji Temple. Inside the park, hundreds of deer which are believed to be the messengers of God. roam freely on the green grass. Today, nearly 1200 deer in Nara Park have become a symbol of the city and Nara Park itself has ever been designated as a natural treasure or “one of the places of scenic beauty” in Nara. Coming to this beautiful park, you will have chance to enjoy the wild nature as well as the fresh environment inside the park.
6. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Yoshikien Garden
Located in central Nara near the famous garden Insuen, Yoshikien is well -known as one of the rare gardens in Nara that contains three distinct Japanese styles of gardens: a pond garden, a moss garden and a tea ceremony garden. It was first open to public viewing in 1989 and until now, it has become one of the most tourist attractions in Nara. Coming to this beautiful garden, you will be able to learn more about Japanese tea ceremony which seems to be an unique feature of Japanese. What’s more, just walking through the paths in Pond and Moss garden also brings you wonderful feelings.
7. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Yakushi – ji
Yakushiji is a great construction of Japanese originated in the 7th century. Until 1970s, it was reconstructed into the buildings that remains until today. Located in Nishinokyo-chō, Nara, Yakushi-ji is a place worth to visit. With an unique and recognizable architecture, Yakuhsi- Ji has been desingnated as one of UNESCO World Heritages in Nara.
8. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Hokke – ji Temple.
Hokke-ji, is a Buddhist temple located in Hokkeji- cho, Nara. Founded in 745, Hokke-ji was only a small temple at first. Through 2 times of reconstruction, the structure that remains until now is a complex with many halls, gates and 2 pogodas. It is ranked as National Treasure and attracts a great figure of visitors from all over the world coming to admire its ancient beauty each year.
9. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Kofukuji Temple
Founded in 669, Kotukuji Temple once belonged to The Fujiwara Clan which was Japan’s most powerful family. In origin, the temple complex consists of over 150 buildings only some of which still remain until today. Besides the large area and impressive design, Kotukuji holds a number of national treasures such as The Ten Great Disciples, Thousand -armed Kannon or Dogs Guardian. This is one of the best choices for you when you are in Nara.
10. Top tourist attractions in Nara: Naramachi
Naramachi was previously a merchant district of Japanese. Therefore, it holds the beauty of a busy and crowded district. Today, along the streets of Naramachi, there are still many beautifully preserved long, narrow townhouses which have functioned as both shops and living places for local merchants since the 15th century. This is a wonderful destination for you to understand more about Japanese culture.