NARA Walking Course

Stroll around Nara-machi, where fashionable general stores, cafés and restaurants that renovated old houses have been nestled up to one another.
Visit the Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Todaiji Temple, which are registered as a World Heritage site, and fully appreciate the charm of the old and new Nara.

 

NARA Walking Course

Time required: approximately 13 hours
Approximate cost: 25,000 yen
Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel

09:00AM START

It is approximately 40 minutes by Shinkansen to Kyoto, about 40 minutes by Kintetsu from Kyoto station to Kintetsu-Nara Station, you can go on a day trip from Nagoya.

Bullet train

1 hour 41 minutes by bullet train & train

MoveKintetsu-Nara Station

10:42AM Move Kintetsu-Nara Station

There is "Nara tourist information center" in the station, and visitors can get maps and pamphlets that are useful for walks.

Walking

Approximately 10 minutes on foot

shoppingYu Nakagawa Main Store

10:50AM shopping Yu Nakagawa Main Store

A general store built in Nara-machi where old streets remain. Renovate the re old house that was built more than 120 years ago and use it for the shop, and visitors can feel a quaint atmosphere from them. In the store, there are a lot of textile miscellaneous goods with modern taste collected from throughout the country. This is the good place for searching souvenirs that are Nara motif like Great Buddha and Deer.​ ​

A design that is close to modern day life

A design that is close to modern day life

Feel excited to a variety of fashionable textile miscellaneous goods . Feel the urge to use them in a daily life soon, and they are excellent goods.

Attention to Nara-like goods such as deer logo

Attention to Nara-like goods such as deer logo

Especially, popular goods are frame clutch bags and pouches They are fashionable, if the deer logo marks are used on them and the going out will be pleasure.

Walking

Approximately 5 minutes on foot

ExperienceTakuyu Studio ZOO & Kagirohi

11:30AM Experience Takuyu Studio ZOO & Kagirohi

Handmade studio, the renovated old house, which is situated in Nara-machi and south of the World Heritage site "Gangoji temple". It is popular for women to craft bracelets, piercings, incense and more that visitors can experience without reservations. (It is subject to change the condition without notice.) Concentrate on making the work which will be only one in the world and become a wonderful memory to visit Nara.

1. Mix the selected powder with water and oil. Then, the mixture is flattened out with a rolling stick.

2. Take the cast of leaves or animals. There are Ginkgo leaf and deer types, and visitors can make the souvenirs traveled to Nara.

3. It will be handed over in good shape, so let it dry for a couple of days at the hotel or home to be completed! Happy to receive it on the same day.

Walking

Approximately 5 minutes on foot

lunchShika No Fune

01:10PM lunch Shika No Fune

A complex facility, which may be a base for exploring Nara-machi, consists of three places that are tourist information center "Mayu", dining hall "Kamado", and coffee shop "Saezuri". Visitors can use them for various purposes like getting sightseeing information of Nara, enjoying meals, tea, coffee and more. For lunch time, we recommend visitors to enjoy set meals, mainly using Nara's ingredients, sandwiches and more.

Boasting a sandwich using Nara ingredients "Saezuri"
Boasting a sandwich using Nara ingredients "Saezuri"

Boasting a sandwich using Nara ingredients "Saezuri"

“Avocado Toast” (front in the picture), which is using a whole avocado, is simply finished with homemade sauce and spice. "Yamato Nadeshiko Egg and Mixed Salt Cucumber Sandwich" (back in the picture) is also popular and is using eggs of Nara which passed the strict examination and are produced by chickens that grow up with special feedstuff including Yamato Cha (one of Japanese tea) and more. Visitors can experience the taste of Nara's ingredients with snacks and beverages.​ ​

The best feast is just cooked rice! “Kamado”
The best feast is just cooked rice! “Kamado”

The best feast is just cooked rice! “Kamado”

Taste delicious rice cooked with firewood in traditional oven. Enjoy the rice of Nara while caring with the fragrance of firewood. Also, it is impressive to rich in taste of side dishes which used a lot of local ingredients.

Experience the culture of Nara "Mayu"

Experience the culture of Nara "Mayu"

Visitors can receive polite and helpful tourist information explanation by staff who care the interaction with visitors. In addition, visitors can see the history and culture of Nara like the reading room or exhibition room using the building of the traditional warehouse.

taxi

About 15 minutes by taxi

To watchKasuga Taisha Shrine​ ​

03:00PM To watch Kasuga Taisha Shrine​ ​

When Heijyo-kyo was established about 1,300 years ago, it is said that it began to welcome Takemikazuchi no mikoto from Kashima, Ibaraki prefecture to Mikasayam for wishing the prosperity of the nation and the happiness of the people. At that time, he rode on the white deer in the legend, so deer in Nara Park are safely protected as a divine messenger until now. In the vast area of shrine, there are Kokuhoden (the venue of national treasures) and Manyo botanical garden including Honden & Shaden which became new in 2016 as “Regular Period Renewal".

Pray for marriage at Meoto Daikokusha
Pray for marriage at Meoto Daikokusha

Pray for marriage at Meoto Daikokusha

Meoto Daikokusha in the precinct is known as the god of marriage. When it immerses the paper in water, fortune letters will appear on it. "Water fortune" is drawing attention from women as well.

Walking

Approximately 5 minutes on foot

To watchTodaiji Temple

04:00PM To watch Todaiji Temple

A temple built by Emperor Shomu in the Nara era and it’s principal image of rushanabutsu known as "Great Buddha of Nara". Daibutuden (Venue of Statue) was rebuilt in 1709, and it is the world's largest scale in existing wooden architecture. There are many exhibition items like buddha statues, temple treasures and more in Todaiji museum

Facing the symbol of Nara

Facing the symbol of Nara

Rushana Buddha statue (Great Buddha of Nara) was built by total 2.6M people for praying happiness due to causing a series of disasters and epidemic disease. The height is about 15 meters, and visitors are overwhelmed by its greatness.

Another symbol of Nara: Deer

Another symbol of Nara: Deer

There are many shops selling "rice cracker for deer" at the approach to Todaiji temple, where is the best place to play with deer. However, if they know that visitors have feedstuff, visitors need to be a little careful as they will dash for them.

taxi

About 10 minutes by taxi

A walkWalking Around Nara-machi

05:00PM A walk Walking Around Nara-machi

Return to Nara-machi again and take a walk through the old town in the evening. “Yoshida mosquito net”, which is famous with the towel made by the mosquito net texture as Nara specialty, and we recommend visitors to stop by shops which have the long history like “Satouden Masuo Shouten” that is producing and selling the health food “Komeame (Sugar made of rice)” made by glycation of rice and more. Please purchase the items as souvenirs that are loved both now and the past and are filled with the wisdom of ancestors.​ ​​ ​

Yoshida mosquito net

Yoshida mosquito net

"Yoshida mosquito net" which continues to manufacture even now, and the mosquito nets used to produce actively in Nara. Since Yoshida mosquito net has founded in 1921, the tradition has been inherited without extinguishing it.

Satouden Masuo Shouten

Satouden Masuo Shouten

It is a long-established store founded during the Ansei era, and visitors can feel the store personality in Nara-machi where historical cityscapes remain. They have a lot of items, such as Wasanbon (sugar produced by traditional way), Brown sugar and more.

"Mikado Komeame (sugar made of rice) " is the most famous item in the store. When it is added to cooking as a substitute for sugar, dishes are finished in the mild taste. Also, you can feel the taste that is gentle even if you taste as it is.

Walking

Approximately 10 minutes on foot

DinnerAwa Naramachi

06:00PM Dinner Awa Naramachi

A Japanese Restaurant as a flagship restaurant at the "Kiyosumi no Sato" in the suburbs of Nara City where many traditional vegetables are cultivated. Visitors can get the vegetables raised in this village with course meals. While watching the beautiful garden, visitors can be impressed with exquisite vegetable dishes that they can taste with local sake in Nara. They will be fascinated by the depth of Nara's food. (Reservation required for both lunch and dinner.)

Provide traditional Yamato vegetables in the best recipe
Provide traditional Yamato vegetables in the best recipe

Provide traditional Yamato vegetables in the best recipe

For dinner, there are three kinds of dinner courses: "Yamato beef and vegetables", "Yamato and the world vegetables" course and a seasonal limited course. At both courses, visitors can enjoy traditional vegetables in Nara. There are also courses that do not use meat.

Walking

Approximately 10 minutes on foot

MoveKintetsu-Nara Station

08:30PM Move Kintetsu-Nara Station

Bullet train

1 hour 41 minutes by bullet train & train

Arrive at Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel

10:00PM GOAL

Relax and heal the tiredness of the trip at the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel .