Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Nara Area

  • Nara Park
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou · Kasugano Town, Noborioji Town, Takahata-machi other
    Nara Park is located directly next to the famous temples and shrine of Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and Kofukuji Temple, as well as the Nara National Museum. The park is inhabited by sika deer, designated as a Natural Monument, and visitors can observe these wild animals up close. Throughout the year important buildings in the park are lit up at night, which engenders a magical atmosphere very different to that of the daytime.
  • Nara National Museum
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    4.5
    484 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 50
    This is a museum which opened in Nara City in 1895. The “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall (in the main building)” which was designed by the court architect, Katayama Tokuma is a Western-style architectural structure from the Meiji period and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property. There are four exhibition halls in the museum, with the museum’s collection focusing on Japanese Buddhist art from the Asuka period up until the Kamakura period. In addition, a great number of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are among the artifacts held and exhibited at the museum. The museum is famous for opening an exhibition of “Shosoin-ten” (Exhibition of Shosoin Treasures) in Autumn every year.

    My friends and I spent about 2 and a half hours here, reading about each statue and piece we came across. There’s plenty of historic pieces to keep you busy that long!

  • Hoshi no Yu
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nara Yoshino-gun Totsukawamura Hiradani 909-4
    At this recuperative hot spring bathhouse, you can enjoy nine varieties of baths filled exclusively with free-flowing spring water, including an outdoor bath, porcelain bath, hinoki cypress bath, and cascade bath. The waters of the bathhouse' sodium hydrocarbonate spring are said to beautify the skin and treat such ailments as cuts, burns, rheumatism, and nerve pain. The day-use plan is particularly recommended and includes bathhouse usage as well as a meal consisting of an abundance of Totsukawa delicacies. Lodging is also available.

    Very pleasant stay, ambience is really nice, we really like the room decoration, happy to stay, definatcome back, guys at reception & hk so nice and helpful. Definitely come back soon, love the...

  • Nara Prefectural Umami Kyuryo Park
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    4.5
    52 Reviews
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    Nara Kitakatsuragi-gun
    A park sitting astride Koryo-cho and Kawai-cho, Kitakatsuragi County. The park is dotted with ancient burial mounds and equipped with large fields, large play areas, a botanical garden, and a cafe. A variety of flowers bloom throughout the seasons including plum trees, roses, and azaleas, and in April they hold the Umami Tulip Fair.

    2023年4月8日-4月16日《第10回チューリップフェア》開催予定となっていますが 3月29日に訪問しました。《チューリップフェア》前に訪問したので 《チューリップ》の景観として[花の道]では3-5分咲きの状態でしたが [馬見花苑]では 《桜》が見頃となっており 《チューリップ》と重ねた景観は私達を満足感タップリにしてくれました。更に[結びの広場]では 《桜》を2階から鑑賞するようなス...

  • Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Inyouchou 7
    Located inside a traditional Naramachi townhouse, this hands-on museum allows guests to touch and play with toys from yesteryear. The museum's permanent exhibits feature reproductions of mechanical toys from the Edo and later periods which guests can play with. It also hosts events including seminars where participants can try their hand at making toys.

    We had a great time here!! Ive read so many good reviews and decided to take a walk to the place with our children (12 and 10 yo). The place is filled with traditional/ancient Japanese toys. You...

  • Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 600-1
    This is a photo gallery next to Shin-Yakushi-ji Temple in Takabatake Town, Nara City. The gallery possesses the entire 80,000 item collection of photographer Irie Taikichi, known for capturing the various Yamato scenery around Nara, and holds exhibitions based around these works and also the work of amateurs. The building itself, a work of architect Kisho Kurokawa, is another highlight and represents the importance of harmony with the environment.

    Located slightly away from the main sights, this photography museum hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year. At the time of my visit it was showing two interesting exhibitions:Irie...

  • Ikoma Sanroku Park
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
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    Nara Ikoma-shi Tawaraguchicho 2088
    This park sprawls halfway up Mt. Ikoma. Situated around two kilometers from the city center, the park is situated in the lush, natural beauty of Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Park, and visitors can have fun surrounded by nature. The park also has a campground and a variety of other facilities, and also holds various programs. The park's events are also popular and include things like forest workshops, a mountain base outdoor school, and family outdoor classes.

    生駒山の傾斜を活かした公園。アスレチックがボリュームあって、小学校の高学年まで楽しめます。運動不足の大人には少しキツいかも。広場は土のグラウンドで広大なため、それぞれの家族がいろんな遊びを楽しんでいます。写真は、一番高い場所から撮影したものです。生駒市街地が見渡せます。モンベルはもっと前面に出して味を出して欲しいところ。

  • Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo Culture
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Asuka 10
    This cultural museum focuses on the Manyoshu ancient collection of Japanese poetry as well as other classical culture. There's the Japanese Painting Exhibition Hall which has a variety of exhibitions centered around Manyo Japanese paintings, the Manyo Theater where you can experience the Manyo world through music and light, as well as the Special Exhibition Hall where you can see replicas of artifacts from the Asukaike Workshop archeological site discovered on the premises. There are also the Manyo Library and Information Room, Museum Shop, and Manyo Garden located onsite.

    花見目的のドライブから宿に戻る途中たまたま当館の前を通り、まだ少し時間があったことと、駐車場も入館料も無料だったので、ほんの時間潰しぐらいのつもりで入館しました。そんな私たち夫婦に当館のボランティア解説員の方が、展示物や飛鳥時代の歴史についてたいへん詳しく、また時にはジョークを交えながら面白おかしく説明しながら、館内を案内して下さいました。そのおかげで、たいした知識もない私たちでも、たいへんよく理...

  • Nara Centennial Hall
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nara Nara-shi Sanjomiyamaecho 7-1
    This multipurpose hall is located in front of Nara Station in Sanjomiyamae-cho, Nara City. Facilities include a large hall with 1,500 seats, a simultaneous interpretation booth capable of handling four languages at the same time, and moveable audience seats. The hall can be used for concerts, classical theater productions, and other performances, as well as conventions and all manner of purposes. There are adjoining medium- and small-sized halls designed for classical music concerts.

    コンサートなどのホールがあります。設計は磯崎新です。このあたりは、奈良の中止?になった博覧会の名残りですね。

  • Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Noboriojichou 10-6
    This is an art museum along Prefectural Route 754 in Noborioji Town, Nara City. They opened in 1973 based on the collection of Japanese-style paintings, ukiyo-e wood block prints and handicrafts of Edo Period donated by Kanpo Yoshikawa, a student of study of folklore history and Japanese-style painter. Since then through donations from all over they have collected around 4,100 pieces of art and crafts from the Kamakura Period to the modern day. They hold special exhibitions related to the history of Nara, and art exhibitions as exchanges with international art museums.

    The National museum was closed for more than 1 month due to exhibit change over. We were sent here instead which had a super show on a well known Japanese painter with an all inclusive one man...

  • Asuka Historical National Government Park
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Kawahara
    This historical park covering approximately 60 hectares is divided into five areas; the Takamatsuzuka Area, the Ishibutai Area, the Amakashi-no-Oka Area, the Iwaido Area, and the Kitora Tumulus Area. Park guests can experience Asuka's natural splendor and its rich history in each of these unique areas. The park organizes events all year long including historical seminars, hands-on learning activities, and community-based events. The park also offers a large number of hands-on classes.

    They have a museum which have lots of pictures. A tunnel leads to the other side of the road where they have the Nakaoyama Tumulus and the more famous Takamatsuzuka Tumulus and mural painting...

  • Uda Animal Park
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Oudakoutsuke 75-1
    Uda Animal Park contains not only a community plaza but also an animal study center and a scenic viewing area. Visitors (subject to certain age limits) can milk cows, ride ponies, feed goats or sheep, and have other encounters with animals, as well as practicing crafts such as churning butter. They can view panel displays about animals, participate in question and answer sessions with Park employees, and enjoy other fun activities that teach them about animals.

    土曜日で多分混んでるかと思いきや、コロナウイルスの影響で、人影はまばらです。餌やり、有料の体験も全て中止です。一応一回りは見れます。チョツト物足りないけどノンビリ出来ました。駐車、入場料の無料は家族連れには良いですよ。コロナが治まつたら再訪します。

  • The Museum Yamato Bunkakan
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Gakuenminami 1-11-6
    The Namako-style walls of The Museum Yamato Bunkakan are evocative of the architecture of the Momoyama Period. Its corridors are supported by imposing wooden framework reminiscent of the kitchen of a Zen monastery, while the soft light from the paper screen doors gives the interior a dignified atmosphere. The museum's collection, which centers primarily on paintings, writings, sculptures, ceramics, lacquer work, metalwork, textiles, and glasswork from Japan, China, and Korea, includes four National Treasures, 31 Important Cultural Properties, and 14 important art objects. The museum also holds exhibits on various themes and is a place where beautiful seasonal flowers can be enjoyed all year long.

    Yamato Bunkakan is a museum of cultural objects and fin arts. It is neither too big, nor too small, and as it is usually not crowded, you can appreciate the exhibit in a tranquil ambience. It is just...

  • Murou Art Forest
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Murou Miami 181
    This park is located in Murou, Uda City features a number of monuments created by Israeli sculptor Dani Karavan, known for his outdoor pieces that blend into the natural environment. This outdoor art gallery was intended to represent harmony with the surrounding nature.

    An hour drive from OSAKA or NARA, in the middle of a forest is the location of this unique Muro Art Forest. It is the size of 5 football fields surrounded by wonderful mountains and trees. In the...

  • Shouhaku Art Museum
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Tomigaoka 2-1-4
    The Shouhaku Art Museum is located close to the Obuchi Pond in Tomigaoka 2-chome, Nara City. It was opened in 1994 thanks to works donated by Shoko Uemura and Atsushi Uemura. The collection of Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) on display spans three generations from Shoen Uemura who was the first woman to receive the Order of Culture, to Shoko Uemura and Atsushi Uemura.

    上村松園はじめ三代の作品を所属する美術館です。上村松園好きは必見ですね。ちょっとアクセス悪いのは残念か。

  • Kashihara City Museum of Insects
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Nara Kashihara-shi Minamiyamacho 624
    A museum in Minamiyama-cho, Kashihara City. On display are insect and fossil specimens and in the butterfly greenhouse you can observe butterflies from the Yaeyama region of Okinawa. Besides regular themed exhibitions, special events including observation parties are held to help you learn all about insects.

    はっきり言ってかなり一般向けでは無いので、虫が嫌いな方はおススメ出来ません。 標本は少し古いのか色の発色が良く無いものもありましたが、生きてる昆虫に関しては中々良かったです。他に周りたい所があったのです一時間程しか滞在できませんでしたが、虫好きだと結構長くいられます。 生きた珍しい蝶々が沢山見られるのでかなりレアな場所です。個人的にはかなり楽しめましたが、珍しいゴキブリも展示してあるので、やはり...

  • Daijo-in Temple Garden Heritage Center
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Takabatakechou 1083-1
    This Heritage Center is a museum in the Garden of the Former Daijo-in Temple, which is located along National Route 169 in Takabatake-cho in the city of Nara. It contains materials connected with Daijo-in Temple, which was founded in 1087 and abandoned during the anti-Buddhist movement in the early Meiji Period (the middle of the nineteenth century). Open to the public free of charge, this museum displays a reconstructed model of what the temple looked like. A teahouse and conference rooms are available to rent.

    奈良ホテルに宿泊し、無料チケットを頂いたので、朝散歩に出かけました。徒歩5分でホテルの坂道を下った所に着きます。冬なので、茶色の芝生が広がり、白梅が咲いていました。お掃除の方に「お花がないのでね。あちらの建物にどうぞ。」と言われそちらへ。写真展をやっており、茶室丸窓からも一幅の絵画のような赤い太鼓橋と、池とお庭が見えました。奈良観光の参考になるパンフレットもいくつか置いてありました。

  • Shimokitayama Sports Park
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunshimokitayamamura Kamikehara 1026
    This sports park's facilities, including an auto camp, make it well suited for overnight group activities such as training sessions and sports training camps. It offers reasonable rates for people who love sports and outdoor leisure. The park even has a campsite located 110 meters directly below Ikehara Dam, making it a great base for mountaineering or black bass fishing in the Ikehara and Nanairo area.

    友達と泊まりましたが。コスパがとてもよかったです、田舎の宿泊施設という事で、全く期待してませんでしたが、食事も良く(田舎なので周辺に食事施設があまり無いようです)おいしかった。部屋も広くお手洗いもついていて、よかったです。近くの温泉施設木こりの湯のチケットもついていて、施設内に大浴場もあり満足でした。

  • Takayama Chikurin'en
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Nara Ikoma-shi Takayamacho 3440
    "Encircled by the Ikoma Mountains, famous nationwide as a quasi-national park, Ikoma City in Nara Prefecture is known to many as a tourism destination due to this spectacular scenery as well as its abundant shrines, temples, and historic sites. This beautiful park is located on the northern extremity of Ikoma. Open to the general public, facilities include a museum with an exhibition room, Japanese room, and training room; and the Chikubuan tearoom. The park also offers a variety of activities and classes, and holds live demonstrations of Takayama tea whisk production. In addition, the park holds the nighttime Takayama Takeakari ""bamboo illumination"" event in early October which delights visitors with mysterious and magical scenery."

    If you are interested in Japanese craft-making, then this place is for you. If you are interested in strolling through gardens, then this place is for you. If you are interested in museums of...

  • Tenri University Sankokan Museum
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    Nara Tenri-shi Morimedocho 250
    A museum along the Minami-Oji Road in Morimedo-cho, Tenri City. Their collection includes nearly 300,000 pieces related to everyday culture and classic works of art from around the world. Their permanent exhibition includes part of the collected centered around the twin themes of World Culture and World Antique Art. They also hold special exhibitions, themed exhibitions, lectures, and workshops.

    Tenri Sankokan About a 20-minute walk from Tenri Station is the Tenri Sankokan, a museum where we can meet the cultures of the world and ancient art. When you enter the museum, a colossal stone head...

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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