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【Nara】Chosen by locals! 7 recommended sightseeing spots in Nara!

【Nara】Chosen by locals! 7 recommended sightseeing spots in Nara!

2021-09-09 Management office

There are many temples and shrines in historic Nara. There are many temples surrounding Nara Park, and there are also historical temples a little further away. The main tourist attractions on the main road have a lot to offer, and there are many things for tourists to see and do. In this issue, we will introduce some temples and shrines that you should definitely visit when you come to Nara.

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple is one of the most famous temples in Nara, and the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is one of the most famous statues in the city.
The Daibutsu (Great Buddha), a World Heritage Site, is located in Nara Park and can be visited in combination with Nara Park.
The Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) is one of the largest wooden structures in the world and the largest sitting Daibutsu in Japan, standing 15 meters tall and weighing 400 tons.
There is a hole in Todaiji Temple the size of the Daibutsu's nostrils, and it is a popular spot because a child can walk through it. There is also a life-size palm that can be touched.

You can see many deer in Nara Park.

There are many temples in Nara Park, including Todaiji Temple, and the vast grounds are home to many wild deer. The deer that come right up to you are known for their cuteness.

<Facility Information>
Name: Todaiji Temple
Address: 406-1 Zoshi-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, 630-8211
Phone number: 0742-22-5511
Hours: 8:00 - 17:00
Budget: Adults (junior high school students and older) 600 yen / Elementary school students 300 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space/facilities: Todaiji Temple, famous for its seated Great Buddha, has spots where you can get a closer look at the nostrils and palms of the Great Buddha for your enjoyment.
URL: http://www.todaiji.or.jp/

Horyuji Temple

Horyu-ji Temple, a World Heritage site, houses many treasures from the Asuka period.
The five-story pagoda and other wooden structures are the oldest in the world. The five-story pagoda is 31.5 meters high, and has a pagoda ring at the top, on which a sickle is placed. The reason why the sickle was placed on the top of the pagoda is still a mystery, and is known as one of the "Seven Wonders of Horyu-ji Temple.

Lots to see!

Inside the Yumedono Hall, which was used as the design for the temple's official currency, there is a statue of the Sakai Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), which was said to be a secret statue of Buddha. The Horyu-ji Grand Treasury Hall is open to the public and contains artifacts and archaeological materials, so be sure to visit there as well.

<Facility Information>
Name: Horyu-ji Temple
Address: 1-1-1 Sannai, Horyuji, Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara 636-0115
Telephone number: 0745-75-2555
Hours: 8:00 - 16:30
Budget: Adults 1,500 yen / Elementary school students 750 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space/Facilities: Horyu-ji Temple, the world's oldest wooden building and a World Heritage Site, has many treasures and attractions, which are also used in the design of the temple's bills.
URL: http://www.horyuji.or.jp/

Kasuga-Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha is a World Heritage site and a power spot where the gods gather.
The shrine is a World Heritage site and a power spot where the gods gather.
There are also many cute goods available, such as a cute deer fortune and a fawn handkerchief, part of the proceeds of which are donated to deer protection and breeding.

Married Couple Okuni-sha Shrine is a power spot for romance

The only shrine in Japan that is dedicated to the god of married couples, the Married Couple Okuni-sha is a shrine dedicated to love, including prayers for marriage and marital bliss. There are many tricks to increase the power of love, such as heart-shaped ema (votive picture tablet), a shamoji (a small wooden rice spoon) for praying, and water divination.

<Facility Information>
Name: Kasuga-Taisha Shrine
Address: 160 Kasugano-machi, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, 630-8212
Phone number: 0742-22-7788
Hours: 6:00 - 18:00
Budget: Adults 500 yen/University high school students 300 yen/Elementary and junior high school students 200 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space/Facilities:This is the most powerful power spot with many gods gathered in a 300,000 tsubo area.
URL: https://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/

Kofukuji Temple

This temple is also registered as a World Heritage site. Higashikondo, Chukondo, Kitaendo, Minami-endo, five-story pagoda, three-story pagoda, Oyuya, Daigodo, and the National Treasure Hall stand here and house many treasures from the Heian period.
The shrine has many highlights, such as the 52 steps of Kofukuji Temple, which are based on the 52 ranks of bodhisattva practice.
Located in Nara Park, the shrine is a perfect spot to visit while strolling around Nara Park.

You can see deer while walking around.

Located in Nara Park, closer to JR Nara, you can see many deer.
Kofuku-ji Temple is free to enter and leave, so you can start at the beginning and stop by again on your way back home. There are also many unique events held in Nara, such as a firelit Noh play and Setsubun demon chasing, making it a must-see spot for sightseeing in Nara and a must-stop sightseeing spot.

<Facility Information>
Name: Kofukuji Temple
Address: 48 Todaiji-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, 630-8213
Phone number: 0742-22-7755
Hours: 9:00-17:00
Budget: Admission to the National Treasure Museum: Adults 700 yen / Junior high school and high school students 600 yen / Elementary school students 300 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space & Facilities:Kofukuji Temple, a World Heritage Site, is located in Nara Park. You can see many historic buildings and treasures.

Yakushiji Temple

Yakushiji Temple, another World Heritage site, was built to pray for Emperor Temmu's recovery from illness.
It is a sightseeing spot with many highlights, including the three-story pagoda, Yakushi Sanzon, a stone monument in front of Genjo Sanzoin, and a statue of Niou at the central gate.
The temple is dedicated to sutra copying, and visitors are welcome to do so at any time. The temple is also known for its sermons, which can be enjoyed by even the youngest visitors.

Prayers for good health are available.

Originally built to pray for the healing of illness, the temple offers prayers for the healing of illness and health. It is normal for everyone to pray for good health, so let's pray for good health along with sightseeing.
It is also a popular tourist spot among the younger generation due to the fact that AKB and Tsuyoshi Domoto have held concerts here.

<Facility Information>
Name: Yakushiji Temple
Address: 457 Nishinokyo-machi, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, 630-8563
Phone number: 0742-33-6001
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Budget: Adults 1,100 yen / Junior high and high school students 700 yen
Non-Smoking/Smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space/Facilities: Yakushiji Temple, a World Heritage Site, is a temple for healing illnesses and praying for good health.

Ryubutsuji Temple (Oka-dera Temple)

Okadera Temple is said to be the first sacred place in Japan to ward off bad luck, and is also the site of the Hoshi Matsuri (star festival) and a festival to ward off bad luck.
Recently, the temple has become a sightseeing spot with flowers everywhere, including the hand-watering basin and the pond next to the watering basin. The temple is also famous for its beautiful scenery, including its garden, which is decorated with autumn leaves in fall and rhododendrons, peonies, and other flowers in spring.

This is a temple for women's travelers!

The heart-shaped ema (votive tablet), flowers, and other details make this a perfect temple for women's travelers. When it comes to exorcism, we tend to feel heavy ...... because we don't want to go but it is a rule, but Oka-dera is designed in such a way that we would like to go there.
The temple is famous for exorcising bad luck, and it is especially good at exorcising women's bad luck. Although not exclusively for women, there seems to be a god watching over women.

<Facility Information>
Name: Ryuga-ji Temple (Oka-dera Temple)
Address: 806 Oka, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara Prefecture, 634-0111
Phone number: 0744-54-2007
Opening hours: March - November 8:00-17:00, December - February 8:00-16:30
Budget: Adults 400 yen / High school students 300 yen / Junior high school students 200 yen / Elementary school students and under free
Non-Smoking/Smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities:The temple is Japan's first sacred place for exorcism, and is geared toward women. There are many tricks to make your heart flutter and flowers are everywhere.
URL: https://www.okadera3307.com/

Tamaki Shrine

Tamaki Shrine, a World Heritage Site, is one of the most famous power spots in Japan, where only those who have been called by the gods can reach. Located in the center of the remote Kii Peninsula on Mt. Tamaki, a sacred mountain 1077 meters above sea level, the shrine is shrouded in mist and has a mysterious atmosphere.
The Tamaishi Toonaka no Tamaishi, where it is said that the gods descend, is a particularly powerful power spot.
If you can't get there for some reason even though you put it in your navigation system, unfortunately, the gods may not be calling you. ...... By all means, give it a try! Also, there are rumors that if the gods like you, the birds will guide you there! And it is also said that those who are liked can become a grown-up who can move heaven and earth.

The sacred tree is said to be 3000 years old

Tamaki Shrine also offers exorcisms to dispel evil spirits. This is quite rare in Japan, and it is said that if you pray without any thought, your wish will be granted. Let's remember that the shrine is not only full of spiritual energy but also a sacred place, so let's ask for help with unselfishness.
In early summer, the rhododendrons bloom and the view from the approach to the shrine is beautiful, making it a hidden tourist attraction in Nara.

<Facility Information>
Name: Tamaki Shrine
Address: 1 Tamaki, Totsukawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara 647-1582
Phone number: 0746-64-0500
Hours of operation: 8:00 - 16:00
Budget: 500 yen
Non-smoking/smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities:This is one of the most famous power spots in Japan that can only be reached by those who have been called by the gods. It is also a World Heritage site. Please enjoy the mysterious atmosphere.
URL: http://www.tamakijinja.or.jp/


After visiting the royal shrines in Nara, please try Tamaki Shrine.
If you make it there, you will surely receive the most powerful power. If you can't reach the shrine, just change your mind that "now is not the time to be called yet" and try again the next time. Most people will be able to reach the shrine, so there is no harm in trying.

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