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Nara Park (Nara Koen)
Nara Park (Nara Koen)

Nara Park (Nara Koen)

star-4.5
246 Reviews
Free admission
469 Zoshicho, Nara, Japan, 630-8211

The Basics

Most visitors come to Nara Park to see and feed the resident deer, but there are enough other attractions to keep you occupied for several hours. Don't miss the UNESCO-listed Todai-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building, which houses one of the world’s largest bronze Buddha statues. You can also visit the Nara National Museum, home to an extensive collection of Buddhist statues, relics, and artifacts.

Nara is a popular day trip from Osaka and Kyoto. Every sightseeing tour, whether half-day or full-day, will include a stop at Nara Park. Full-day tours usually also include nearby attractions such as Kofuku-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
$97.06 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Enjoyable
Tour guide was not specific enough some of us could not understand where to meet. What we saw was lovely and worth the money but we skipped Kobe and left tour at Osaka.
Tombhoy69, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Osaka

star-5
Kyoto, Nara one day bus tour.
ckung001, Feb 2020
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
Our tour guide Adrian was very funny and knowledgeable. He gave us good directions and enough time to explore the area. I will recommend him to anybody.
star-5
Stress free day tour
yoseffufa, Feb 2020
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto
Nara and Kyoto are beautiful. Excellent tour guide, and just the right amount of stopping at each location. A bit chaotic at first trying to figure out which bus you go to at the hotel, but it was sorted then everything worked out.
star-4
Osaka Day Trip to Kyoto & Nara via Bus
DetroitDad2020, Jan 2020
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
Very pleased by the nice work our tour leader ("Yen") provided with this one day bus trip tour. Nice to have the transportation provided to get to the four different cultural spots.
star-4
A wonderful way to see a lot
jackierW2619VK, Nov 2019
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto (with Halal Lunch)
Amazing! Well timed and lots to see. The deers and the golden pavilion were the highlights for me. We also had the sweetest guides.
star-4
Kyoto & Nara adventure
Leny D, Nov 2019
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto
Had a pleasant day trip in Kyoto & Nara..., though w/ limited time in Arashima area .., guides were accommodating and nice., overall it was a nice but brief experience! Worth our time!
star-5
Enjoyable Nara
E5956TFfionar, Oct 2019
The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets
A lot of walking and climbing steps, but worth it for the magnificent temples and shrines, the giant Buddha, the entertaining deer, and lovely park. My guide was very informative.
star-5
Great trip
Steven J, Sep 2019
KYOTO & NARA by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019 Customize Your Itinerary
The day trip was well organized with tours of historic sites and a great lunch. The driver was very cautious, friendly and spoke very good English.
star-4
Good
Maps164624, Sep 2019
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto
Good trip..goid food..we had a great time i sh Ed hve longer time to explire more of the site..nice tour guide
star-5
The best of Kioto & Nara
michaelchardy, Sep 2019
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
A very good tour , covering 4 interesting visits in Kioto and Nara . Excellent guide , comfortable bus and punctuality.
star-4
Enjoyed the visit locations
Dave E, Jan 2020
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka/Kyoto
The good: The locations are good to visit. The coach is fairly peaceful and comfortable (tho there are quite frequent announcements about next visit etc) We left, returned on time The tour guides tried hard to be helpful - in particular Emily was very active both helping us in English and also helping others in Japanese and Chinese at the same time so thank you very much. The OK: There is limited explanation / historical background given. But to be honest you can also read inscriptions at the locations visited or use Wikipedia. Given it's a large group with multiple languages needed, I think this is not surprising. The time available at the different locations is not that much - this is just a result of the schedule and travel time needed. At the bamboo forest in particular, move quickly if you want to see things and also have time for food. The not so good: The company (NOT the fault of the tour guides) provides pretty useless written materials. For example: The pickup point described as 'Namba OCAT' Come on guys, this is a huge building with multiple floors. A bit of extra information here is really easy to do and really helpful. There is a 'personalised' itinerary given to every person (thank you) but it actually does not include a lot of the information. For example, your time for lunch if you selected the buffet. Why provide each person with an itinerary, but leave off half the information and force the poor tour guides to have to explain all this extra stuff? The map provided of the bamboo forest area is utterly useless - there is limited time to walk around the bamboo forest and temple area, yet the company provides a map which shows attractions which are several miles away - while the local area (how to get to the bamboo forest) is completely unclear. Better off with google maps but of course because they provide the map, probably a lot of people try to use it. So to the company: please do consider the written material you provide, particularly given that people arrive at the tour needing translation into different languages so it's really helpful if the written materials are really clear and detailed.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nara Park is free to enter, though many of the attractions charge for admission.

  • If you want to feed the deer, you must purchase special crackers, which are available from vendors throughout the park. You may not feed the deer anything else, and you can not leave any trash in the park.

  • The deer are usually very tame, but they can sometimes become aggressive if food is around.

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How to Get There

Nara Park is located about a 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station and about a 20-minute walk from the JR Nara Station. Several buses stop at the park, including the number 2 Nara City Loop Line bus and the number 70 and number 97 city buses. Nara City is a 35–45-minute train ride from Osaka and a 45-minute train ride from Kyoto.

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Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka

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When to Get There

Nara Park is open 24 hours a day. Different attractions inside the park have different and opening hours. Nara Park is at its most scenic in the spring, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and in the fall, when the leaves change.

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Nara Museums

Nara is home to a wide variety of museums. After visiting the Nara National Museum, take some time to stop by the Kofukuji National Treasure Museum, the Nara Palace Site Museum, the Nara Craft Museum, the Naramachi Museum, the Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, or the Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography.

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