Nara Park is a familiar name to those who love nature and the unique culture of the Kansai region in Japan.
I visited Nara Park on a day trip from Osaka and had a fun time interacting with the deer here.
About Nara Park
Built in 1880, Nara Park is the largest park in Japan, with nearly 700 hectares, including the Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Temple, and many other historical buildings representing the city’s prosperity.
Mentioning Nara Park, people will think of lovely deer wandering in large and poetic gardens. The deer are the symbols of Nara Park and the soul of the beautiful Nara city.
Nara Park opens for free all day, so you can freely explore, enjoy afternoon tea at the tea shop and enjoy the nature of Japan.
How to get to Nara Park
Nara Park is about a 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station and about 20 minutes from JR Nara Station. Also, there are many convenient bus stops around the park.
If you’d like to explore more attractions in Nara and the surroundings, booking a day tour would be a good idea.
Kofukuji Temple is a landmark and a symbol of Nara. It was first built in 730 and, most recently, rebuilt in 1426.
While the entrance to the Kofukuji Temple is free and accessible all day, there are two areas that you need to pay an entrance fee: the National Treasure Museum of Kofukuji and the Eastern Golden Hall.
The recently refurbished National Treasure Museum represents part of the temple’s excellent art collection and is an absolute must-see for those who love Buddhist art.
Among the many prominent exhibits are the three-sided, six-sided Ashura Statue, one of the most famous Buddha images in Japan.
Visit Todaiji Temple
My last stop on this trip was to one of the most famous spots in Nara – the Todaiji temple.
This temple was started building in 728 at the order of Emperor Shomu and completed in 752 – the period when Buddhism was flourishing and becoming the national religion of Japan.
The temple is also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site thanks to its rich history and unique artistic architecture imbued with Buddhism.
Todaiji is considered the largest wooden architecture in the world.