Nara sightseeing 1 day recommended model course [secret spot]

Nara sightseeing
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This time Sightseeing in Nara x Recommended model course to visit in one day will be featured!
Nara There are many attractive sightseeing spots, including historic sites that have been registered as World Heritage Sites.

Little-known spots where you can enjoy experiences and activities unique to Nara We are also introducing!
Why don't you go to the ancient capital of Nara on your next vacation to fully enjoy an extraordinary experience where you can feel the power of history and ancient times?

Nara Sightseeing One Day Recommended Model Course: Route & Map

Nara sightseeing model course
(A) Kintetsu Nara Station → (B) Kofukuji Temple (five-storied pagoda) → (C) Gangoji Temple → (D) Ukimido → (E) Kasuga Taisha Shrine → (F) Todaiji Temple → (G) Naramachi → (H) Millet Naramachi → (I) Yoshino Katsura Sakura → (J) Naramachi Story Museum

The Nara sightseeing course starts from Kintetsu Nara Station!

In this model course, Nara Explore the tourist attractions on foot.

We will pick up Nara-like experiences and activities for each sightseeing spot we introduce, so be sure to check them out!

Kofuku-ji Temple (five-storied pagoda)

Kofuku-ji Temple (five-storied pagoda)

Kintetsu Nara Station ( map:A ) About 5 minutes on foot from
Passing over Kintetsu Nara Station, which is a subway station, A temple on Omiya-dori, Nara's main street is.

There are " Nara Prefectural Office ”, and the historical art museum “ Nara National Museum "And so on.

" Kofuku-ji Temple ( map:B ) "teeth, The Fujiwara clan's temple, which often appears in Japanese history, is a world cultural heritage site. Cultural properties of ancient Nara It is also counted as one of .

In 669 (Tenchi 8), the predecessor ``Yamashinadera'' was founded in Kyoto, and when it moved to Nara, it became ``Umayasakadera'' and thereafter. With the transfer of the capital to Heijo-kyo, it became the current Kofuku-ji Temple.

The charm of "Kofuku-ji Temple" is Possessing numerous cultural assets and national treasures that have been created over a long history is.

nara kofukuji temple five-storied pagoda

It is no exaggeration to say that the one that cannot be overlooked is the symbol of Nara. " five-storied pagoda .

It was first built in 730 (Tenpyo 2). After that, it was burned down and rebuilt repeatedly, and the current five-storied pagoda was rebuilt in 1426 (Oei 33).

A gigantic wooden building with a height of 50.1m, with a roof that draws a beautiful curve and folds over itself is truly majestic. .
When lit up at night, there is a more solemn atmosphere!

Be sure to check it out when you visit Kofuku-ji Temple!

Kofuku-ji Temple (five-storied pagoda)
Address: 48 Noborioji-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture

In Activity Japan, it is located around Kofukuji Temple animal cafe " Small animal cafe Hanahana can be reserved.

In addition to the admission fee, you get one drink and snacks for the animals!
How about before or after visiting Kofuku-ji Temple?

[Nara/Nara City] Contact with cute animals 1 hour course

Small animal cafe Hanahana
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
1,500 Yen~ (tax included)

Why don't you enjoy interacting with more than 10 kinds of small animals and 10 kinds of owls? You can have a great time giving them snacks and having an owl on their arms! Place the cockatiel on your shoulder and watch! Touch the hedgehog! Please feed the rabbit! You can experience various things!

Gangoji Temple

Gangoji Temple

" Kofuku-ji Temple ( map:B ) ' is followed by ' Gangoji Temple ( map:C ) "fart!

From "Kofukuji" to "Gangoji" 10 minutes on foot .
It is said to be the successor to Japan's first Buddhist temple, Asuka-dera, which was built in the Asuka period.

Gangoji was founded in 718 (Yoro 2).
Originally, the entire surrounding area was a huge temple within the precincts, but with the passage of time, the scale has shrunk to its present appearance. .

Although the scale is smaller than "Kofukuji", The building of "Gangoji" is also " Cultural properties of ancient Nara is counted as one of .

In the precincts of Gangoji Temple, which has a history of about 1,300 years, What you should definitely check is " Gokuraku-do Hall is.
Originally, it was a place for monks to live, but now it is the main hall of Gango-ji Temple.

In "Gokuraku-do", it was brought in when the capital was transferred. Wood from the Asuka period is used.
This alone is valuable enough, Some of the roof tiles from before the move are still in use, Japan's oldest roof tiles known as .

The curved tiles and the remnants of the Nara period are a must-see!
The grounds are also planted with seasonal flowers, so you can enjoy different expressions depending on when you visit!

Gangoji Temple
Address: 11 Nakaincho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Power stone bracelet making using deer antler Yuyu Kobo zoo & Kagirohi

Around Gangoji Temple, Hands-on experience at a workshop in a renovated old house You can enjoy

using deer antler accessory making Or making a power stone bracelet.
Choose colors and shapes incense making , Create an original scent bag by combining multiple fragrant woods, or create a cute cat statue Pottery experience etc.

We have a wide variety of plans!
Decide the item you want to make and make a reservation.

[Nara/Nara City] Let's make only one resin accessory in the world using deer horns! Accessory making experience

Yuu Koubou Zoo & Kagirohi
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
1,500 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (2 reviews and testimonials)

It is a small handmade workshop in a renovated old private house located in a corner of Naramachi in a narrow alley south of the World Heritage Site "Gangoji Temple". Why not make accessories that can be used as key chains or pendant tops by using deer antler unique to Nara, various stones, pressed flowers, cherry shells, etc. hardened with transparent resin (resin liquid)?・Target age 5 years old and over ・Fee

[Nara/Nara City] Let's make a power stone bracelet using deer horns! Accessory making experience

Yuu Koubou Zoo & Kagirohi
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
1,800 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (3 reviews and testimonials)

It is a small handmade workshop in a renovated old private house located in a corner of Naramachi in a narrow alley south of the World Heritage Site "Gangoji Temple". Why not combine natural stones such as deer antler, power stones, birthstones, and glass beads to create your own wonderful work?・Recommended age: 5 years old and over ・Cost: 1,500 yen per person ・What to bring: None

[Nara/Nara City] Let's make an original incense that you can choose the color, scent, and shape! Participation is OK from 5 years old!

Yuu Koubou Zoo & Kagirohi
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
1,500 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (2 reviews and testimonials)

It is a small handmade workshop in a renovated old private house located in a corner of Naramachi in a narrow alley south of the World Heritage Site "Gangoji Temple". Make your own original incense with a choice of colors, scents, and shapes You can choose from 3 colors and 6 scents and shape them to your liking to make your own original incense.・Target age 5 years old and over ・Cost 1,200 yen per person ・Nothing to bring ・Required time

[Nara/Nara City] Make your own original smell bag! Participation is OK from 5 years old!

Yuu Koubou Zoo & Kagirohi
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
1,500 Yen~ (tax included)

It is a small handmade workshop in a renovated old private house located in a corner of Naramachi in a narrow alley south of the World Heritage Site "Gangoji Temple". You can make your own scent bag by blending 9 fragrant woods. You can create your own scent by packing fragrant wood in a nice bag with white deer embroidery.・Target age: 5 years old and over ・Cost: 1,500 yen per person

[Nara/Nara City] A pottery experience that children can enjoy! Let's make a cute Nigiri-neko using Shigaraki clay!

Yuu Koubou Zoo & Kagirohi
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
1,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review and testimonial)

It is a small handmade workshop in a renovated old private house located in a corner of Naramachi in a narrow alley south of the World Heritage Site "Gangoji Temple". Let's make a cute original cat by squeezing Shigaraki clay. You can make your own cat with different facial expressions. *Experience fee includes shipping fee ・Target age 5 years old or older (OK if you can hold pottery clay) ・Cost per person

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Ukimido

Ukimido

" Gangoji Temple ( map:C ) , about a 15-minute walk from the " Ukimido (Ukimido) map:D ) Let's head to!

``Ukimido'' is `` Nara Park "Pond on site" Sagiike Pond It is built as if it floats on the .
It was first built in 1916 (Taisho 5). What remains today was rebuilt in 1994.

Made by folding cypress bark " Hiwadabuki A hexagonal temple that uses
Beautiful as it is, It is also recommended to aim for one that matches the surrounding natural scenery such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. is.

If you visit at night, you can also enjoy the mysterious and beautiful appearance of the illuminated shrine.
It is a little-known spot that is less crowded than the surrounding tourist spots!

Ukimido
Address: Takahata-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

After taking the best shot, Ukimido ( map:D ) Located about 20 minutes on foot from " Kasuga Taisha Shrine ( map:E ) Go to !

“Kasuga Taisha” is located to the east of “Nara Park”. further east " Cultural properties of ancient Nara is one of " Kasugayama Primeval Forest is coming.

"Kasuga Taisha" is one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" along with "Kofukuji", "Gangoji", and "Kasuga Primeval Forest". is.

Founded in 768 (Jingo Keiun 2).
It was built in the name of Emperor Shotoku at the time to pray for the protection of Heijokyo and the prosperity of the people.

The main shrine, Takemikazuchi no Mikoto "" Futsunushi no Mikoto "" Ame no Koyane no Mikoto "" Himegami ” in the form of enshrining each It is characterized by four main shrines standing side by side. is.

" Kasuga Taisha Shrine The attraction of is.

Once every 20 years, Kasuga Taisha undergoes a “Shikinenzotai” to rebuild the shrine.
As a result, the main buildings of Kasuga Taisha always look new and maintain their beautiful vermilion lacquer.

Among them, the most famous is the towering in front of the main shrine. middle gate is.

"Chumon" is a huge gate with a height of about 10m.
In addition to the beautiful vermillion lacquer, the corridors extending to the left and right create a more solemn atmosphere. .

The green of the surrounding trees overlaps, creating an exquisite beauty!

Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
A woman renting a kimono and strolling around Kasuga Taisha Fuji Rental Kimono Nara

At Activity Japan, around "Kasuga Taisha", You can change into a kimono and stroll around the ancient capital of Nara " Kimono rental the plan of can be booked.

Let's aim for the best shot with Japanese taste while visiting the streets and sightseeing spots full of stateliness and atmosphere!

There are also kimono rentals for children, and a pre-coming-of-age ceremony where you can wear furisode and take photos around Kasuga Taisha Shrine, which is rich in nature. location photo ” plan can also be reserved.

If there is a plan that interests you, please check it out!

[Nara/Nara Park] Let's keep a cute child's kimono in memory to commemorate the trip! "Kids Plan" is a full set, so you can come empty-handed!

Fuji Rental Kimono Nara
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
4,320 Yen~ (tax included)

Full set kimono rental is 4,000 yen (excluding tax)! It's a full set rental, so you can come empty-handed. Take a stroll through the town of Nara with cute children in kimonos.

[Nara/Nara City] Pre-coming-of-age ceremony location photo! Comes with a wide variety of furisode and hair makeup!

Rental kimono Yusa
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
33,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review and testimonial)

This is the best plan for those who want to keep the Nara-ness of their hometown where they were born and raised as a memorial of their coming of age. Please leave the best one in Nara Park, which is full of the atmosphere of ancient Nara. You can also take pictures with deer.

[Nara/Nara Park] Super sale! Kimono rental 1,890 yen! !

Fuji Rental Kimono Nara
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
2,041 Yen~ (tax included)

Full set kimono rental is 1,890 yen (excluding tax)! It's a full set rental, so you can come empty-handed. Please take a walk around the town of Nara in a cute kimono.

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple

After enjoying the beautiful vermilion-lacquered building, Kasuga Taisha Shrine ( map:E ) , which is about a 20-minute walk from " Todaiji Temple ( map:F ) Let's head to .

" Nara Park Kosatsu is an ancient temple with a particularly large site, " Cultural properties of ancient Nara is also counted as one of .

Founded in 728 (Kamiki 5).
It is said to have originated from Kinshosanji Temple, which was built by Emperor Shomu to mourn for the crown prince who died young.

Since becoming "Todaiji", it has suffered damage from natural disasters such as large earthquakes and war fires many times, and has been rebuilt each time.

Great Buddha of Nara Seated statue of Rushana Buddha

The highlight of Todaiji Temple is " Great Buddha of Nara national treasure known as " Seated statue of Rushanabutsu I guess.

"Rushanabutsu seated statue" is a huge Buddha of 14.98m.
The huge figure, which is said to be ten times the size of Buddha, is impressive!

moreover" Seated statue of Rushana Buddha National treasure where is installed " Great Buddha Hall is of course huge .
The height alone is 48.742m, World's largest wooden building It has been with!

If you visit the Great Buddha Hall and the Great Buddha, "Todaiji", you will be overwhelmed by the huge scale and divineness!

Todaiji Temple
Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture

Naramachi

Naramachi

After visiting the Great Buddha, Todaiji Temple ( map:F ) , which is about a 25-minute walk from " Naramachi ( map:G ) "fart.

Located to the south of Nara Park, it is a corner of elegant townhouses centered on the aforementioned Gangoji Temple.
" Naramachi "teeth was once huge " Gangoji Temple ( map:C ) It refers to the old town area that spreads around the old precincts of .

Originally, in the 11th and 12th centuries, it developed as a town in front of large temples such as Todaiji, Kofukuji, and Gangoji, and around the Edo period, it prospered as a commercial and industrial town lined with shops selling sake, soy sauce, swords, and brushes.

Today, there are many wooden buildings that were built from the Edo period to the postwar period, and you can enjoy the nostalgic townscape of that time everywhere. .

One of the most distinctive features of the townscape of Naramachi is the A grid of cedar logs halved vertically facing the road surface of the townhouse. Nara lattice .
This structure was introduced around the Edo period and is said to have been installed to prevent deer from entering.

The scenery of tasteful wooden lattices lined up everywhere is a big point that makes you feel like "Naramachi".

Naramachi
Address: Nakain-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture and surrounding areas
Couples enjoying pottery experience Naramachi Manyo pottery class

Around Naramachi, Painting experience and Pottery experience , 2 types of manufacturing experience You can enjoy

In the painting experience, you can write your favorite words and pictures on unglazed pottery and make your own original tableware.

In the pottery experience, 4 kg of soil equivalent to about 10 tea bowls is prepared, electric potter's wheel You can challenge yourself to create your own original tableware using !

How about a handmade souvenir made in a commercial and industrial town?

[Nara City Ceramics Experience] Challenge to make original tableware with "painting experience" where you can draw your favorite words and pictures on unglazed pottery

Naramachi Manyo Pottery Class
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
2,750 Yen~ (tax included)

It is a plan to create original tableware by choosing one piece of unglazed fabric for free cups, plates, and mugs, and drawing pictures and letters with free ideas. You can work on it without being nervous because you will draw it after making a draft with a pencil. The experience is about 1 hour. It is very popular with school excursion students and group travelers.

[Nara city pottery experience] The most popular plan! Create your own original work with a pottery "electric potter's wheel" experience

Naramachi Manyo Pottery Class
Nara Heijo Palace Ruins
3,850 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review and testimonial)

Why not try making your own tableware using an electric potter's wheel? It is a plan to create by yourself until the shape is adjusted by doing soil rolling (work to tighten the soil and put it in the center of the potter's wheel) from a lump of soil. Select one from among several made and fire it. (Additional firing is also possible as an option, 800 yen per piece)

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Millet Naramachi

" Naramachi ( map:G ) "After a walk, it's close to the center of the area" Gangoji Temple ( map:C ) , which is about a 5-minute walk from " Millet Naramachi store ( map:H ) "fart.

" Naramachi the main street of " Naramachi Boulevard It is located in an alley one block from the " Naramachi A townscape with a unique atmosphere spreads out .

"Awa Naramachi" A restaurant built by renovating a 140-year-old townhouse is.
In an old folk house shop, Traditional vegetables unique to Nara Yamato vegetables ” and Nara’s Wagyu brand “ Yamato beef dishes using can eat

Both lunch and dinner offer course meals that allow you to fully enjoy each ingredient!
You can enjoy both "Yamato vegetables" and "Yamato beef", or you can enjoy a full course of "Yamato vegetables". Please choose your favorite course carefully!

" Millet Naramachi is a complete reservation system . If you want to use it, please make a reservation as soon as possible.

Millet Naramachi
Address: 1 Shonanincho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture

Yoshino Kudzu Sakura

After eating, Millet Naramachi store ( map:H ) , which is about a 5-minute walk from " Sakura Yoshino map:I ) "fart.

It is located down an alley just off Naramachi Odori, and just like the Awa Naramachi store, it is surrounded by a typical Naramachi townscape.

"Yoshino Kudzu Sakura" A café in a 160-year-old townhouse is.
As the name suggests, it has been popular in Nara for a long time. Sweets made with Yoshino Kudzu can enjoy .

At "Yoshino Kuzurya Sakura", the precious " Yoshino Honkudzu 100% luxury use.
Above all, simple " Yoshino Honkudzu You can enjoy the throat and chewiness of " Kuzukiri or " Kuzumochi is a real sweet that you definitely want to taste!

One of the charms of "Yoshino Kuzu Sakura" is that they make it by hand after you place an order to preserve its flavor and freshness!

Yoshino Kudzu Sakura
Address: 2 Takamikadocho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture

Naramachi Story Museum

Naramachi Story Museum

After enjoying the Yoshino Kuzu sweets, Sakura Yoshino ( map:I ) , which is about a 5-minute walk from " Naramachi Story Museum ( map:J ) Let's head to .

Seen from Naramachi Odori, this is the back side of Gango-ji Temple.
It is located in an area that used to be the precincts of Gango-ji Temple, where the ruins of a pagoda and related historical sites remain nearby.

"Naramachi Story Museum" A rental space that uses a townhouse from the Meiji era as it is is.

You can actually see the inside of a traditional townhouse in Naramachi .
A structure with depth, a vaulted ceiling, and storage under the stairs that make effective use of space. You can enjoy the Nara Machiya design up close.

the building " Gangoji Temple Because it is located on the site of the old precincts of " The Old Golden Hall of Gangoji Temple There is a foundation stone trace, and you can visit it for free!

In addition, at "Naramachi Monogatarikan", events are held regularly using the rental space.
There are a wide variety of events such as exhibitions of art works and concerts, so we recommend that you enjoy the events that are being held when you visit!

Naramachi Story Museum
Address: 2-1 Nakaarayacho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture

Nara Sightseeing Model Course Summary

Wisteria and deer in Nara Park

This time Nara sightseeing model course in one day introduced!
The ancient city of Nara is dotted with many attractive spots that make you feel the history.

Activities that can be enjoyed around each spot are also perfect for enjoying while traveling!
Please refer to this special feature and go on a trip to Nara to enjoy its history!

*The information in this article is current as of March 2023.

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