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Nara Attractions

Eager to know the top experiences and activities in Nara? Fabulous shopping, delectable cuisine and numerous stunning attractions are just a taste of what you'll get. Get your bags packed and discover this buzzing city.

Learn what makes Nara tick with some of the very best tours & day trips. Look into our 431 fun activities in Nara, and book with confidence knowing that we offer free cancellation and no added fees.

Free Things to Do in Nara

There's no need to constantly reach for your wallet in Nara. The following won't even cost a penny.

Nara Prefectural Art Museum - Packed with thought-provoking displays and objects, this gallery is a paradise for knowledge-hungry minds.

Naramachi - If you're intrigued by the days of old, this is one stop you won't want to miss.

Momonoo-no Taki - There's something calming about being around water, so spend a while here.

Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine - Whatever your beliefs, this site will invoke a sense of reverence.

Nara Park - Grab your picnic blanket, throw together a few snacks and find a cozy area to appreciate Mother Nature.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Nara on a sunny day?

Make the most of the good weather (and get some fresh air at the same time) with these top activities:

What to do in Nara on a rainy day?

If it's pelting down during your trip, hang up your umbrella and try out a couple of these excellent indoor activities:

What is Nara famous for?

Todaiji Temple is usually mentioned in the same breath as Nara, so be sure to allow time to visit.

What should I not miss in Nara?

Don't go home without ticking off the following list of wonderful attractions:

  • Nara Park
  • Kasuga Shrine
  • Horyu-ji Temple
  • Yakushi-ji Temple

Are there cheap things to do in Nara?

If you're on a strict budget, consider adding the following low-cost activities and tours to your schedule:

What can you do in Nara for free?

You'll barely have time to take your wallet out of your backpack with so many terrific free things to do:

  • Nara Park
  • Mount Yoshino
  • Kashihara Shrine
  • Nara Family