What to do in Nara in a day? 奈良

  • Published on : 15/01/2020
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Une ville à visiter près de Kyoto pour une journée

Passez une journée à Nara pour découvrir l'endroit où les arts, l’architecture et la religion bouddhiste prirent leur essor.

Kofukuji à Nara

Kofukuji à Nara


Art lovers can indulge their passion at the Nara National Museum which features an impressive collection of Buddhist art, theater masks and porcelain. Northeast of the museum, the tour continues with the most visited and monumental building in the city: the imposing Todaiji temple of the Kegon sect.

Passing the Nandaimon gate (12th century), 29m high, we immediately take in the measure of this disproportionate architectural ensemble! Although rebuilt in 1692, the temple's main Daibutsu-den pavilion is the largest wooden construction in the world. It houses the largest Buddha statue in Japan: 450 tons of bronze and gold for 15 meters in height.

The Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple

The Great Buddha of Todaiji temple.


Going back down to the south of the park, you will discover the Kasuga Taishai Shinto shrine. Its path of stone lanterns followed by bronze lanterns suspended from the eaves, its vermilion buildings standing out against the green of the surrounding nature make it a very photogenic place.

Take the time to stroll in the park among the deer chasing you to grab a little cookie. They are considered in Nara as the messengers of the gods.

Kasuga Taisha

Wisteria at Kasuga Taisha


Address, timetable & access

  • Address

    NaraHoryuji: 1-1 Horyuji Sannai, Ikaruga, Ikoma District



  • Price

    Kofuku-ji: 600 yen Nara National Museum: 600 yen. Todai-ji: 500 yen for the Daibutsuden and 500 yen for the museum alone. Ticket combining the museum and the Daibutsuden for 800 yen. Kasuga Taishai: 500 yen for the main shrine. Gango-ji: 500 yen Horyuji: 1000 yen
  • Access

    Kofuku-ji: every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note: the temple will close for one year from January 1, 2017. Nara National Museum: daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Todai-ji: open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kasuga Taishai: open daily 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. in winter and 6 p.m. in summer Gango-ji: open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Horyuji : 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (4:30 p.m. November to February)

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