Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Nara is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Nara a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Nara.
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406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
07:30 am - 05:30 pm
The Todai ji is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. It is a landmark in Nara. The temple was constructed in the year 752 as the chief temple in the Kokubun-ji system (head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan). Having a rough history, the temple was burnt down and faced earthquakes a...
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48 Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8213, Japan
Kofuku ji is one of the head temples of the Hosso sect of Buddhism. The temple was established in Nara in the year 710. At the height of Fujiwara power, the temple consisted of over 150 buildings! Today a couple of buildings still remain and hold great historic value. These buildings are the five story pagoda and the three story pagoda that one see...
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13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara-shi, Nara
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
Toshodai ji temple was founded in the year 759 by Ganjin, a Chinese priest who was invited to Japan by the emperor. He was invited to Japan in order to train the priests and improve Japanese Buddhism. The name of the temple was derived from the facts that Ganjin was from Toh, China and that it was founded as a place for Buddhist training under his ...
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457 Nishinokyocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8563, Japan
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Yakushi Ji temple was established by Emperor Temmu in the year 680 to pray for the recovery of his Empress Jito from a serious illness. The temple was actually constructed by the recovered empress, who outlived the emperor. The construction of Yakushi ji was completed in the year 698 and it was moved to its present location in 718, af...
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50 Noborioji-cho, Nara city 630-8213
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
The Nara National Museum is located in Nara Park and is an art museum which primarily displays Japanese Buddhist art. It was established in the year 1889 and still retains its original building. Later, a new wing was constructed and was connected to the original building by an underground passage. The museum's permanent collection includes Buddhist...
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Naramachi, Nara, Japan
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Naramachi (meaning Nara town) is the former merchant district of Nara. Here, you will find many traditional residential buildings and warehouses that have been preserved as is. A famous one is the Koshino Le. It was the residence of a former merchant and is now open to the public. It is a good example of Nara's traditional machiya townhouses with a...
The Shin-Yakushi ji Temple was founded by Empress Komyo for the sake of the recovery of ailing Emperor Shomu. The temple is devoted to Yakushi Buddha, the patron of medicine. From the original construction, only the main hall (Hondo) has survived the test of time. The main hall houses statues of 12 guardian deities surrounding a two meter tall stat...
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160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8212, Japan
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Claimed to be one of the best Shinto shrines in Japan, the Kasuga Taisha or the Kasuga Grand Shrine was originally the royal shrine of the powerful Fujiwara family and was founded in the year 768. As per Shinto concepts of purity, the temple was torn down and rebuilt every 20 years in its original form until 1863. The shrine features vermilion colo...