Other Sightseeing Spots in Nara Area

  • Tanize Suspension Bridge
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinoguntotsukawamura Tanize
    The Tanize Suspension Bridge is an iron wire suspension bridge over the Totsukawa River that the local villagers built for their own use and at their own expense in 1954. At a length of 297 meters and a height of 54 meters from the surface of the river, it is Japan’s longest suspension bridge for everyday use. Due to safety concerns, no more than twenty people can cross at the same time, and the way it sways when one walks on it makes for a thrilling experience. It affords a view of the clear waters of the Totsukawa River below and the wonderful scenery formed by the surrounding mountains. Crossing this bridge is said to be like walking in the sky. Please be aware that only one-way crossings are allowed during the Golden Week holiday period in May and the O-Bon festival period in the summer.
  • Shigi Ikoma Skyline Drive
    8 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Tawaraguchichou 2116
    Shigi-Ikoma Skyline Drive is a toll road that runs north-south for the entire 20.9 kilometer length from Mt. Shigi and Mt. Ikoma. The road is famous for affording views of the Osaka area and the city of Ikoma, among other things, and there are observation points and parking spots scattered along the way that allow motorists to enjoy nighttime views. The best spot for viewing sunsets is the appropriately named Yuhi (“Sunset”) Parking Lot near the Shotenguchi Toll Booth.

    The lookout points and attractions along the way arent really that interesting. For me, the drive itself is the main treat. Winding and winding, this toll road is perfect to enjoy with a sports car...

  • Tempyo Miharashi-kan
    2 Reviews
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    Nara Nara-shi Nijoojiminami 4-6-1 Heijo Miya Ato History Park


  • Uda-Matsuyama Historic District
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    Nara Pref. Udashi Oudahirou
    Uda-Matsuyama originally developed as a castle town after the construction of Akiyama Castle by the Akiyama Clan during the warring states period. The area was selected as an Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 2006 for its well-preserved scenic townscape. Its rows of vintage townhouses have made Uda-Matsuyama a popular spot to walk and explore.
  • Imaicho Town Historic District
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    Nara Pref. Kashiharashi Imaichou
    This historic district in which a majority of the townhouses have been carefully preserved still appears as it did during the Edo period. It was selected as an Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1993. Taking a walk through the town will make you feel like you've stepped back through time to when the town was so prosperous that it was said that 70% of the money in Yamato is gathered in Imai.
  • Yagyu Kaido
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    Nara Nara-shi
    This ancient highway is located in Nara City. Leading from the center of Nara to the village of Yagyu, in ancient times it is said to have been used by martial arts practitioners heading to Yagyu. Passing through the valley running between Mt. Kasuga and Mt. Takamado, the highway can be used as a hiking trail. The Enjo-ji Temple is situated along the highway and enshrines a statue of Vairocana which records state was created by Unkei and which today has been designated a National Treasure.
  • Chikurin-in Temple
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2142
    Originally founded by Prince Shotoku as the Chinzan-ji Temple and later dubbed the Josen-ji Temple by the great priest Kukai, this Buddhist temple was re-founded as the Chikurin-in Temple in 1385. The Gumpoen garden, considered one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan, stretches out on the temple’s 33 thousand square meter grounds. The garden, a strolling garden with a central pond, is said to have been created by the great tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu and renovated by the samurai Hosokawa Fujitaka. The garden is also famous for its cherry and camellia blossoms, which the great samurai leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi himself came to see and enjoy. The Chikurin-in Gumpoen Ryokan, a traditional temple inn located on the grounds, is 1,300 years old, and is said to have even been used by yamabushi, ascetic mountain hermits said to have supernatural powers. This popular inn still sees an unending stream of guests today.
  • Mt. Takagi Observatory
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama
    The Mt. Takagi Observatory at the World Heritage Site of Mt. Yoshino, is about a 10 minute walk up the hill from the Yoshino Mikumari Shrine in Okusenbon area. Spectacular views can be had throughout the year from the observatory at a height of 700 meters. The place is famous for beautiful cherry blossom in the spring and autumn colors along the sloping road to the observatory. It is approximately 30 minutes by car from the Yoshino Jingu Station on the Kintetsu Yoshino Line.
  • Hanayagura Observatory
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    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama
    The Hanayagura Observatory at Mt. Yoshino affords visitors fine views of the changing seasons all year round. It is probably the best viewing point in the Yoshino Mountains and rewards visitors with views as far as Mt. Kongo on the Prefectural border of Nara and Osaka. It’s a famous place for viewing the cherry blossom with the best time to visit in early April. The view of the cherry blossom in full bloom down below is a magnificent sight indeed. It is approximately 40 minutes by bus from the Kintetsu Yoshino Station on the Kintetsu Yoshino Line.
  • Takatori Town Tosa Street Historic District
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    Takatori Town, Takaichi-gun, Nara Prefecture
    This expansive historic townscape on Tosa Street in Takatori Town is still home to original samurai residences and townhouses from when the town prospered as the castle town of Takatori Castle. Visitors can feel the atmosphere of these ancient times. In March each year, there is an event called Machiya no Hina-meguri in which hina dolls are displayed in the area's homes.
  • O Miwa no Mori Observation Deck
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    Nara Sakurai-shi Miwa 1422
  • Takenouchi Moated Settlment
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    Nara Tenri-shi Takenouchicho
    "The Takenouchi district in Tenri City is one of Japan's ""moated settlements"" encircled by a moat with the aim of warding off invasions from enemies. The Nara Basin is dotted with moated settlement sites dating all the way back to the Muromachi period. Takenouchi is known as the highest such moated settlement, situated at an elevation of around 100 meters above sea level."
  • Former Daijoin Temple Garden
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    Nara Nara-shi Takabatakecho 1083-1
    This National Place of Scenic Beauty-designated garden is situated on National Route 169 in Takabatake-cho, Nara City. The garden of the Daijoin Temple, a monzeki Buddhist temple founded in 1087, it was renovated in the Muromachi period by the landscape gardener Zen'ami and is known as the most beautiful garden in Nara. The temple was abandoned during the anti-Buddhism movement of the Meiji period. Today, the garden is open to the general public and is preserved as a portion of the gardens on the south side of the Nara Hotel.
  • East Palace Garden
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    Nara Nara-shi Hokkejicho
    "This garden is located on the east side of Nara Palace Site Historical Park, a national public park maintained on the site of the Heijo Palace, designated a Special Historic City by Nara City. Situated in an area of Heijo Palace known as the ""East Palace"" and the ""East Temple,"" the garden encloses a pond stretching 60 meters both north to south and east to west, as well as the sites of structures arranged around the pond. Reconstructions of the structures have been built while preserving the original ruins, recreating the garden's scenery as it looked in the late Nara period."
  • Nango Moated Settlement
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    Nara Kitakatsuragi-gun Koryocho Nango
    "The Nara Basin is dotted with numerous so-called ""moated settlements"" encircled by a moat with the aim of warding off invasions from enemies. This particular settlement site is located in the Nango district of Koryo Town, Kitakatsuragi County, Nara Prefecture and is still encircled by its moat to this day."
  • Wakakusayamasanchotembodai
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Zoushichou 469
  • Ikehara Dam
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    Nara Yoshino-gun Shimokitayama Mura Kamiikehara
  • Tenri Dam
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    Nara Tenri-shi
  • Otaki Dam
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    Nara Yoshino-gun Kawakamimura Otaki
  • Nara Do 40 Go Odaigahara Park Kawakami Line (Odaigahara Driveway)
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    Nara Yoshino-gun Kamikitayamamura

Nara Areas


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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