Getting Around in Nara

Nara park

Nara Park © DoNotLick/Flickr

Nara is a very important historical city in Japan. Though it is not one of the biggest ones, it still has many tourist attractions which all worth a visit. Nara, located in Kansai Region on Honshu island is quite easy to approach. Some sights of the city are collectively called the Historic Monuments of the Ancient Nara.

Tourists who plan to visit this amazing city need a lot of information before traveling there. The transportation, the location of tourist sights or info about the city are all very useful for them. Hopefully, this article will help the tourists’ getting around in Nara city.

Getting Around

Nara street

Street in Nara ©hirotomo/Flickr

As everywhere else, the center is the most important part of the city. The majority of the touristic sights can be found in the central part of Nara. Places like Todai-ji Temple, Isuien Garden, Nara Park, Shin-Yakushiji, Kasuga Taisha, Naramachi or Kofuku-ji Temple are located close to each other. In fact, Nara Park gives home to some of these sights: Nara National Museum, Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, etc.

Nara Park is located on the Eastern part of the city. One of the railways and JR Nara Station are on the Western part. On the North-Eastern side the city is crossed by Saho River. Similarly to other Japanese cities, the streets in Nara are also sheer. Since Nara is quite a small city, it is almost impossible to get lost.



Nara bus

Bus in Nara; with a deer on it ©David McKelvey/Flickr

The easiest way to reach the city is by train. JR Nara Station is on the Western part and Kintetsu-Nara Station is located in the center of the city. The railways go both in Kyoto’s and Osaka’s directions. Kintetsu Station is close to Nara Park, but it is situated under the ground. The two stations are connected by bus routes.

The most practical way of using public transport in Nara is traveling by bus. Most parts of the city are traversed by bus routes. But for tourists, I would recommend the sight-seeing buses, helping us find the World Heritage Sites of the city. A one-day bus ticket costs 800 Yen and it is called Sekai Isan Guruto Pass.


Kintetsu Nara Station

The main building of Kintetsu-Nara Station ©Kzaral/Flickr

The sight-seeing buses depart every hour and they pass by the following places: Toshodai-ji, Yasushi-ji, Suzahu-Mon gate, Shiseki Bunka Center, Kintetsu Nara Station, Kofuku-ji, Himuro Jinja, Nara National Museum, Daibutsuden Kasugatashamae, Nakashimizu-cho, Ganko-ji and JR Nara Station.

Because of the small size of the city, many tourists prefer to rent bicycles. At Eki Renta Car Kansai (which is close to JR Nara Station) the visitors can rent normal bicycles for 300 Yen per day and electric bicycles for 1500 Yen/day.

On foot tours around the city are also very conventional. A single day is enough to drop by the most important sight of the city. It is quite expensive to travel around Nara with a taxi; the fares start at 600-700 Yen/2 km.


Nara park

Deer: symbols of the city in Nara Park ©DoNotLick/Flickr


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