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

Nara Park (Nara Koen)

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
$93.29 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-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-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-5
Osaka Trip
Guide05277250373, Jun 2019
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
Excellent tour : well worthy of the time and the enjoyable company . Perfect for our vacation despite the limited days we spend in Osaka
star-4
3 in one trip
Go11450269864, May 2019
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
Very good trip overall. Except does all the major tourist spots and Kobe by night was good but in sufficient time touring the city highlights.
star-4
Nice tour but not enough time to see...
MARIA A S, Oct 2017
12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe
Nice tour but not enough time to see the sights in Kyoto. Arashiyama is lovely but there’s a lot more to see in Kyoto. Time in Nara was adequate. Didn’t really see much of Kobe-just enough time to go for dinner and spend a bit of time at the port. The tour guides were informative.
star-4
Good one day tour for the Osaka area
Kmjr2000, Nov 2018
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
The full day tour was packed with things to see. 13 hours was not enough time due to traffic and drive times between sites. Golden Pavilion was a bit rushed. If you have only one day in Osaka, then this tour is the one to take.
star-4
It was an enjoyable trip, with a...
keithmidgley, Oct 2017
12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe
It was an enjoyable trip, with a good guide and great sights. Even an approaching typhoon couldn't upset the trip.
star-5
The tour was fun and our guides are...
Nindya, Apr 2018
The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets
The tour was fun and our guides are very expert in history. We've learned a lot of things and experienced new things. Because of my mother health issue, she couldn't walk that long and far but our guides were very helpful and slowed down the pace just in case my mother need a rest. Unfortunately we skipped a few places because of my mother's health issue so we needed to go back to Kyoto soon but we really had a great time in Nara!
star-5
Enjoyable excursion
Alfredo B, Jul 2018
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
The day trip to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe was one of our highlights of the trip. Even though it rained most of the day it was very memorable. The tour guide did a fantastic job explaining each phase of the trip. I would highly recommend this as a must do.
star-5
The tour was conducted by Limon...
bebot, Oct 2017
12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe
The tour was conducted by Limon agency. The staff were really courteous and friendly. It was a whole day tour via bus and really money's worth. Lunch and dinner were really good and heavy.
star-4
The places in Kyoto and Nara were...
Marizon E, Feb 2018
Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka/Kyoto
The places in Kyoto and Nara were very interesting. I love the deers which were tame. Except for the time spent in Kobe, it was night and only limited to dinner. We did not see any tourist nor historical place. But the dinner was very good.

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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Trip ideas

Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka

Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka


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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