Top >
1 2 3 4 Access / Sightseeing Course / Rent-a-Cycle

Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Stone-lanterns line the road to the sanctuary
Established in 710 A.D. as a shrine of the powerful Fujiwara Clan, Kasuga Taisha Shrine is also famous for its beautiful wisteria. At the 'Mantoro Festival' about 2,000 stone lanterns along the path leading to the shrine and approx. 1,000 hanging lanterns in the main precinct are lit creating a solemn atmosphere. About 300 kinds of trees and plants are planted in the 'Kasuga Taisha Shrine Jin'en Park'. All of them appear in Japan's oldest poetry anthology, 'Man'yoshu.'
0742-22-7788 / Jin'en Park and Homotsuden Hall : 9:00 - 16:00 / Jin'en Park is closed on Mondays (or the following Tuesday, if the Monday falls on a national holiday ; Open 7 days a week in January, April to June, October and November)
Admission Free (except for Jin-en Park (525) and Homotsuden Hall (420)
Take bus No.70,88,97,98 or 133 and get off at Kasuga Taisha Honden.
Major events : Mantoro : August 14 and 15 and in February on the day before the first day of spring on the lunar calendar ; Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri : Dec.15 to 18.

Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest
A mountain home of the gods.
Protected against logging as a sacred mountain, Mt. Kasuga is a primeval forest of ever-green broad leaf trees such as oak and chinquapin. Within the forest are many gigantic trees more than 400 years old, with trunks measuring more than 9m in circumference. It has been confirmed that the forest is the home of such rare species as forest green tree frogs and clouded salamanders. The entire forest is designated as world heritage as a 'cultural landscape.
0742-22-0375 (Nara Park Management Office) / Open 7 days a week
Admission Free
Take bus No.36,37,129 or 160 from JR or Kintetsu Nara Station and get off at Wariishicho. A 15-minute walk from the bus stop. Go along the Kasugayama Nature Walk Course.

Gangoji Temple
Temple featuring Mandala
The home of a famous monk named Chiko who lived in the 8th century. In 1244, when the Chiko Mandala was dedicated for worship, the temple was called Gokurakubo, or the temple of comfort without suffering. The Main Hall and Zen Room of Gokurakubo are world heritage sites.
0742-23-1377 / Open 7 days a week
A 15-minute walk from JR Nara Station / A 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station

A street museum
In terms of official administrative purposes, there is no area called 'Nara-Machi'. Nonetheless, Nara-Machi is said to be 'the oldest town in Nara' and private houses of the 19th century are well preserved and still in use. The Nara-Machi Museum and other establishments show the lives of ordinary people in Nara-Machi. Visit Nara-Machi, and you will see aspects of Nara beyond its role as an ancient capital.
0742-27-1820 (Nara-Machi Promotion Foundation) /
Admission free / Open 7 days a week
A 10-minute walk from JR or Kintetsu Nara Station
1 2 3 4 Access / Sightseeing Course / Rent-a-Cycle
Top >
Transportation to Nara
Access (Train)
Access (Bus)
Annual Events
Major Annual Events
Hot Springs
Delicacies of Nara
Arts and Crafts
Buddhist Images
Sightseeing Bus
History of Japan
Nara Map
© Nara Prefecture