Nara is actually quite famous for its own local historical/religious buildings with uncountable deer around.
Parks/ small pond can be easily spotted so very nice for relaxing in the nature, or have fun with family. Bus are good for traveling around as most of the main attractions are nearby. Best idea would definitely be a bike. You can enjoy your own plan for on and off easily. There is only one onsen hotel in Nara, if you wish to enjoy onsen after an exciting day, remember to book the one.
Nara is a good place for relaxation. It's really a province so lots of easy walking, sightseeing, and chill time.
Atmosphere is very calm. I didn't encounter much by way of shopping. The most notable thing about Nara are the deer. They can be very cute and photogenic but be sure to keep your food, maps, and any potential grab-able/bite-able thing in check. The deer can be quite aggressive. One even nosed me down and tried to use his tongue to open my bag. The city itself is very small so biking may be the best way to go (I can't bike so...). Buses are not as frequent and easy as it would be in Kyoto or Osaka. Still, travel is easy enough. Don't panic if you suddenly find yourself amidst rice fields, especially near Heijo palace. Most notable attraction: Todaiji - Daibutsuden (don't forget to check the giant guards at the gates) Food and shops: One block west of the Kintetsunara station (across 7 eleven) is a covered street with lots of food and souvenir shops. Walk south along that road and you'll surely find your fix.
Some very nice and historic places. Some of the sightseeing spots are a bit pricy, but still worthwhile
With eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, Nara is second only to Kyoto as a repository of Japan's cultural legacy.
The centrepiece is, of course, the Daibutsu, or Great Buddha, which rivals Mt Fuji and Kyoto's Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) as Japan's single most impressive sight. The Great Buddha is housed in Tōdai-ji, a soaring temple that presides over Nara-kōen, a park filled with other fascinating sights that lends itself to relaxed strolling amid the greenery and tame deer.
There isn't much to do in Nara. Our 1 night stay is sufficient to cover Nara Park - deers roaming freely in the park/street.
Most shops close early and can be quiet at night.
If you love shrines and temples, NARA is the place to visit. Everything you want to see are all close in proximity from each other.
It's highly recommended for nature lovers. You even could pet deers if you want to at the park.
It is a very charming place with quaint shops and restaurants/cafes. And it is extra interesting in April because students from schools are visiting the attractions with you.
You can experience the fun/laughter of the school students and see how different their culture is, compared to back home. I did everything in a rush and yes 2 days for this place will be good.
One of the most interesting heritage sites in Japan with an excellent infrastructure to support cultural tourism.
Nara is a pleasant break from Kyoto, though usually treated as a day trip, the town merits 2 or 3 days at least to do in a leisurely fashion.
Learn to speak a little Japanese. Not too many speak English. Restaurant menus are mostly in Japanese.
Volunteer tour guides are available at the cultural sites. They speak English and they are free of charge. Go to the Tourist information center. They are quite helpful.
If interested in history, Nara is a most because of Todaiji temple and museum as well. And if another permits, worse visiting Horyui temple- oldest wooden temple in the world, with five story pagoda.
Very little foreign turists, but lots of Japanese schools students in Horyui
You may feed deers, visit temples, and enjoy a cozy day here. The restaurants are as good as in Osaka and Kyoto.
Nara is very historical and cultural and definitely worth a visit. It is easily reached by the JR line from neighboring cities like Kyoto and Osaka.
Nara is has a low skyline so it's nice and refreshing if you're coming from the city. There is a lot to offer here and it is a bit of a hidden gem compared to other Japanese cities.
Hasedera,The head temple of Bunzan school of Saigon Buddhism.It make up a few dozen temple buildings situated along a side of the mountain.
It is a wonderful city for culture - sight seeing, but exhausting on foot. You need a car or a bicycle which are easy and inexpensive.
To hire a car you must have an international driving licence (because it has a Japanese translation of your documents) drivers licence and passport. There are wonderful nearby places to visit - like Asuka pronounced ASka. This is the capital of Japan before Nara. There is a primeval forest in Nara where hunting and tree felling was banned in the 3rd century - right up to now - it is untouched.
Just love the slow pace and how friendly the resident were. We were looking for a photo studio, asking one photo developing shop and we were surprised when he ask us to wait while he ran across the street to the tourist information.
He came back with a map in his hand and directed us to where we wanted to go. His action is most immpressive, going out of his way to make sure we don't lose our way. We found a kimono making school instead and they actually let us try on the kimono for a small fee. We were elated as we always like to take back with us a photo in the native costume, in this instance, the kimono. We looked lovely and graceful in the kimono.
beautify, historical, great greenery and idyllic place to relax. great park for strolling and watching deers roam freely.
downside- historic streets are quiet mostly after 5pm, best time to roam around- morning to afternoon nice and well stock supermarket- Parket, for drinks, meals take away and snacks
We were only in Nara for 1 night and had only 1 day to see the sights. What we saw, we really liked.
It is a small city with so much to see - beautiful temples, shrines, and gorgeous gardens. The tourist agency at the station were very helpful and offered us a fabulous volunteer guide, who was delightful and knowledgeable and helped us make the most of our short time in this lovely city. There were many lovely shops and restaurants and we would definitely like to return one day.
Nara is a beautiful small city. You can have a taste of the most original Japanese life and style here through the restaurants, shops, temples, shrines and people here.
Great place for slowing down your busy pace and enjoy your life.
The Heijo Palace site is really interesting, but perhaps the summer is not the best time to visit as the grounds are huge and there is very little shade.
This is pretty much a huge archaeological site with some beautifully reconstrcted buildings and museums giving you a detailed understanding of how the palace site was used when Nara was the capital. It is not a busy as some of the other attractions, but a day on the site is certainly well worth the time.
Small city, everything in walking distance; very friendly people with many restaurants and good food
If you would like to learn Japan's history, culture, and tradition, this is one of the place you should visit.