Destination guide

Historic Nara will entice you

Take a vacation to Nara and enjoy the area's temples, museums and monuments. This walkable city is known for its gardens, local tours and hiking. Take in top local attractions like Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Nara

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Nara a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Naramachi (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Wakakusa Yamayaki (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Mt. Wakakusayama (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Shin yakushiji Temple (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Yoshikien Garden (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Nara Kenko Land (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Nara

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Nara is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Nara Park (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Sumiyoshi Park (23.3 mi / 37.5 km)
  • Kasugayama Hill Primeval Forest (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Mount Wakakusa (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Manyo Botanical Garden (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Isui-en Garden (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
Transport

Transportation to and around Nara

Fly into Osaka (ITM-Itami), the closest airport, located 26.8 mi (43.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Kobe (UKB), which is 37.6 mi (60.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Takanohara station, Shinomiya station and Nara Station are the main stations that serve the city.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Nara?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Nara. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Nara Park: 26 vacation rentals
  • Kontaiji Temple: 278 vacation rentals
  • Akishino-dera Temple: 487 vacation rentals
  • Nara Station: 33 vacation rentals
  • Nara Christ Church: 27 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nara listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.