Best Tourist Spots In Nara

Here're best Tourist Spots in Nara. We released a ranking of reviews about Tourist Spots posted by travel influencers who have actually been to Nara.

Review Ranking

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Address:731-1 Hase, Sakurai-shi, Nara

Access:15 min walk from Kintetsu Hasedera Station. By car, 50 min from Nara city, 75 min from Osaka, or 110 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

Hase-dera Temple has so long and beautiful 399 steps. For it's called 'flower temple', you can enjoy seeing peony and cherry blossoms in summer, hydrangea in summer, autumn leaves, winter-peony and winter-cherry blossoms. What's more, the lush mountain seen from the main temple is just amazing view.

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Nara Park

10 Review

Address:469 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:On foot: 5 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, 20 min from JR Nara Station. By bus: 2 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, or 9 min from JR Nara Station to Nara Park. By car: 45 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto.

Tel:0742-27-8036

More than 1000 wild deer live in the huge park with lush greenery, and we can meet them freely. Some stands sell Shika Senbei (deer's cracker), and you can feed them, but please beware of so many deer getting together around you!

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Address:2202 Samita Kawai-cho, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara

Access:By car, 15 min from Horyuji IC. Or 2 min walk from Ikebe Station.

Hours:8:00-18:00

Umami Kyuryo Park has seasonal flowers all around a year, and now, 150 thousand sunflowers are becoming at their best to see in five areas. Under the midsummer sky, we can enjoy refreshing scenery of sunflowers and nature around them at each area.

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Address:806 Oka Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara

Access:15 min from Kashihara Jingu Station to Oka-dera Temple, then 5 min walk.

Tel: 0744-54-2007

Hours:8:00-17:00

Against the background of three-storied pagoda of Oka-dera Temple, many candles and Japanese umbrellas are lit up beautifully. There're many people getting together to see this illuminations. ◎By bus, 27 min from Kashihara Jingu Station, or 19 min from Asuka Station, to Oka-dera Temple, then 10 min walk. Temple illumination in 2018, only September 22 and 23.

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Address:Takadono-cho , Kashihara-shi, Nara

Access:By bus, 20min from Yagi Station to Kashihara City's Fujiwara Palace Site Library, then walk 2min. By car, 15min from Yamato Takada Bypass.

The magnificent flower fields of canola flower, cherry blossom, and beautiful sky! When all of the three appears at the same time, we can see a photogenic harmony of springtime.

6

Address:221 Han'nyaji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:10 min by bus from Nara Station to Hannyaji, then 3 min walk. By car, 60 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

Han'nya-ji Temple is well known as a cosmos temple. From September to November, there're 150 thousand and 30 kinds of cosmos are in bloom. It's very photogenic to take pictures of a temple and 13 storied stone pagoda over the cosmos!◎Parking lot is free during weekdays. On holidays, one car for 1 hour will be free, but more than that, you need 500yen.

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Mt. Wakakusa

6 Review

Address:496 Zoushi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:To go to the mountain top, 40min from both of Horai IC and Tenri IC by car. Or, 13min from Nara Station to Kasuga Taisha Honden by bus, then walk 45min.

Top of Mt. Wakakusa commands the whole view of Nara Park and its city. From the late October, the leaves begin to turn their colors for autumn, and you can enjoy scenery becoming more and more beautiful. I took this picture in early November last year.

8

Address:Kidono-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara

Access:9 min walk from Unebigoryo-mae Station. By car, 40 min from Nara city.

Water hyacinth becomes its best to see from the late August to September. It's not a popular flower, but has an attraction makes people want to see again next year! It's nice to see with the setting sun, too! ◎Walk 500 meters to the east from Kintetsu Unebigoryomae Station. For cars, the free parking area is available, but it's possible to be full.

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Address:6-22 Ousa-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara

Access:8 min by bus from Yamatoyagi Station to Ousa, then 5 min walk. 40 min by car from Nara city.

Hours:9:00-16:00

It's since 2003. There're over 2500 wind bells hung in the precinct, and the orchestra of cool sounds when the wind blow. You can forget the heat of summer while you eating shaved-ice and listening to such tones.◎Wind Bells are displayed to the end of August.

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Address:Ōuda Hongo, Uda-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by car or taxi from Hasedera Station

Matabē Zakura has become famous since it used in NHK's TV series. It's a weeping cherry blossom tree as tall as over 10 meters! What's more, can you believe that the tree is 300 years old! When we look up from its foot, the cherry blossoms are really amazing! There're also other flowers like daffodil around the tree, so we can see beautiful yellow and pink scenery.

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Address:Taroji Soni-mura, Uda-gun, Nara

Access:90 min by car from Nara Station

Soni Kogen Highland is covered completely with Japanese pampas grass (susuki). The ears of pampas grass shines fantastically in the evening glow, and many tourist come to see this scenery every year.

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Address:298-1 Sugitani Higashi Yoshino-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara

Access:30 min by car, from Haibara Station

As many as 1,000 weeping cherry trees are in bloom at Mt. Takami in Higashiyoshino, Nara. A minibus will take you to the top of the mountain. If you take a breathless climb up the long stairs to the observatory at the top, you will see a magnificent weeping cherry tree in front of you. The opening period is from the beginning of April to the end of April. It is a spectacular cherry blossom viewing spot worth seeing.

13

Address:Mina-ra, 1-3-1 Nijo Oji Minami, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:10 min walk from Shin Omiya Station. 10 min by car or taxi from Nara Station. Free shuttle bus is available from JR Nara Station.

Hours:10:00-19:45

Goldfish Museum at a shopping moll Mina-ra in Nara Prefecture. We can feel relaxed with many kinds of goldfish exhibited beautifully.

14

Address:Nishihara Kamikitayama-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara

Access:By car, 60 min from Yoshino Station or 120 min from Nara Station.

Namego Valley is famous for the autumn colors though, in spring, the mountain cherry blossoms bloom and look like a pink dragon. We're moved with the scenery like the dragon rising to the sky.

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Address:160 Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Tel:0742-22-7788

Hours:6:00-18:00

Carving deer with an oracle (omikuji) in its mouth is popular, but a white-deer oracle given only during Shikinen-zoutai (repair of the shrine) is talked about its cuteness. Harry up, it's going to end in a short time!

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Address:Yoshinoyama Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara

Access:3 min from Sembonguchi Station to Yoshinoyama Station by cable car, then 20 min by bus to Okusembonguchi Station, and 30 min walk. 75 min walk from Kintetsu Yoshino Station. Or, 90 min by car from Nara city.

When I arrived at three in the midnight, the sea of clouds had appeared and made the scenery more wonderful. I took this picture at 4:00. The sea of clouds changes its size and form every day, so you can see the various stunning view whenever you visit!◎I recommend to see Kinpusen Temple from Hanayagura Observatory! 3 min by rope way from Kintetsu Yoshino Station ( rope way opening season: 3/24-5/6, other season are undecided). 30 min by bus from rope way Yoshinoyama Station.

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Address:3549 Yata-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by bus from Kintetsu Koriyama Station to Yatadera. 25 min by car from Nara city. Parking area is available.

Tel:0743-53-1445

Famed as a hydrangea temple in Nara, Yata-dera has as many as 10 thousand trees and 60 kinds of hydrangeas including rare ones. We never get tired of watching the differences between the kind at a sample garden.◎Season: from June to the beginning of July every year, they open a hydrangea garden. Hydrangeas spreading toward the mountain are worth seeing. Many visitors come from other prefectures since Yata-dera has various kinds.

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Heijo Palace

2 Review

Address:30 Nobori Oji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by bus from JR Nara Station West Exit. By car, 5 min from Yamato Saidaiji Station, 40 min from Osaka city, 60 min from Kyoto city.

Summer festival held at a vast site of Heijo Palace. This summer, the lighting event 'TOUKAE' was held at night, the sky changing its color every moment and the fantastic candle lights are wonderful. Look forward to this event in autumn, too!◎It's held in spring and autumn every year, but the dates changes each year. You need to confirm in HP. Free pickup bus is available between JR Nara Station and Kintetsu Saidai-ji Station,

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Address:1-1 Monzen-cho, Ikoma-shi, Nara

Tel:0743-73-2006

It's called 'Shoten-san' and has been familiar to the peoplle in Ikoma. Such as ranging lanterns and the city scenery under the shrine, you can enjoy Ikoma Mountain enough at only here, You can also pray for the good marriage and giving up drinking.◎Access: Take a cable car from Ikoma Station and get off at Houzan-ji Station. On the way back, it's nice to walk down and see the unique townscape.

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Address:406 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:20 min walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. By bus from Kintetsu Nara Station, 4 min to 'Daibutsu-den Kasuga Taisha Mae', then 5 min walk. By bus from JR Nara Station, 10 min to 'Daibutsu-den Kasuga Taisha Mae', then 5 min walk. By car, 45 min from Osaka, or 60 min from Kyoto.

Tel:0742-22-5511

Hours:8:00-17:00,7:30-17:30

One of the most famous temples, Todai-ji in Nara. What I want to tell you specially, is 'Mantou Kuyoue' Ceremony on August 15th. The expression of The Daibutsu in the candle lights has something that cannot be told you by only pictures. It's impressive so much.

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Address:Inside Todaiji, 406 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:20 min walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. By bus, 8 min from Nara Station, get off at 'Nara Daibutsu-den Kasuga Taisha Mae', then walk 5 min.

Through Nara Park, the evening glow in the cloister of Todaiji Temple's Nigatsudou is really amazing! With the beautiful lights of lanterns, you can surrender yourselves to the tranquil time, and it makes your hearts pure.◎It's near Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Todaiji Temple. If you have time, please visit here, too.

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Address:181 Murou, Uda-shi, Nara

Access:15 min by bus from Murou-guchi Ono Station to Murou Temple, then 20 min walk. By car, 60 min from Nara city, 90 min from Osaka city. Free parking area is available.

Preparing against the landslide, Murou Art Forest is a park designed by world's famous sculptor Dani Karavan. I could feel the greatness of nature, seasons, and the current of time from head to foot.◎The brochure will be useful to get how to access. But some roads are narrow. I saw people coming by micro bus, so it's impossible to use a bigger bus.

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Address:1873 Okamoto Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara

Access:By bus, 50 min from Kintetsu Nara Station to Houkiji, then 3 min walk. Or 15 min from Ouji Station to Houkiji Guchi, then 10 min walk. By car, 25 min from Nara city, 50 min from Osaka city, or 80 min from Kyoto city.

Houki-ji (or Hokki-ji) Temple is a famous cosmos spot in Nara. The cosmos spreading at 20 thousand square meters site is very impressive.

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Address:1-4 Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:15min walk from Kintestu Nara Station. By bus, 10min from JR Nara or Kintetsu Nara Station, to 'Himuro Shrine and National Museum' By car, 15min from Kizu IC.

Himuro Shrine in Nara Prefecture, you can draw an 'Ice Oracle (Kori Mikuji)' that is rare for other shrines. Putting the white paper on ice... Wow!? The letters are appearing! Let's have an exciting experience. ◎They sell the ordinary oracle, but only 'Ice Oracle' can appear the letters. Be careful not to buy the other one.

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Address:Murou Mukoudi, Uda-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by car from Hari IC

If you visit at night, you can see many stars all over the night sky. In a good condition, you may see the Milky Way with the naked eye. What's more, during the windless daytime, there're reflections of the beautiful nature on the pond.◎Be careful if you visit here at night, the way is bad and dark. Though it's located deep in the mountain, don't trouble other people. And, when you use lights, please take others into consideration and have good manners.

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Address:3 Tubosaka, Takatori-cho, Takaichi-gun, Nara, Kansai, Japan

Access:6 min by car, from Tsubosakayama Station

Located on a hill in Takatori Town, Nara Prefecture, Tsubosaka-dera, also known as Tsubosaka-dera, is famous as a temple to prevent eye diseases. One of the most eye-catching attractions in Tsubosaka-dera is the powerful "Sakura Daibutsu" that seems to float in the pink clouds of cherry blossoms. With a height of 20 meters and a weight of 1200 tons, it is one of the largest Kannon statues in the world! You can enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom everywhere while strolling around the precincts.

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Address:Kujira, Gose-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by car from Katsuragi IC to the ropeway gate. By bus, 15 min from Kintetsu Gose Station to Katsuragi Ropeway.

Mt. Katsuragi is famous for azalea and called as 'one million azaleas in one glance'. They're all volunteer azaleas! The mountain colored in red is like an amazing red carpet! 'Cause there're many benches, it's nice for you to bring lunches and enjoy amazing hiking!◎The best season is the middle of May. In 2018, it'll be a little earlier. You can use the ropeway to the mountain top, or walk 1.5-2 hours to climb. During the azalea season, the ropeway gets crowded with many people, so you need to get there earlier. Check the ropeway extra service in HP.

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Address:Noboriōji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:On foot: 5 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, 20 min from JR Nara Station. By bus: 2 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, or 9 min from JR Nara Station to Nara Park. By car: 45 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto.

At the evening, the supporters lighted the candles one by one, and created this fantastic scenery we rarely seen. The candles are lighted all over Nara Park.

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Address:Kami Ikehara, Shimokitayama-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara

Access:80 min by car from Yoshino Station

There're more and more cherry blossom trees along the mountain road, and also many around this park. The reflected cherry blossom is really beautiful! At night, under the innumerable stars in the sky, the cherry blossom shines in the outdoor lights.

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Address:1-1 Mishima-cho, Tenri-shi, Nara

Access:15 min walk from Tenri Station

Three weeping cherry blossom trees in the site of Tenri Religion Main Office. With the grand building, they emit an original and special beautiful atmosphere.

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Stunning Views

Mt. Wakakusa

6 Review

Address:496 Zoushi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:To go to the mountain top, 40min from both of Horai IC and Tenri IC by car. Or, 13min from Nara Station to Kasuga Taisha Honden by bus, then walk 45min.

Top of Mt. Wakakusa commands the whole view of Nara Park and its city. From the late October, the leaves begin to turn their colors for autumn, and you can enjoy scenery becoming more and more beautiful. I took this picture in early November last year.

Spots With Great Nature

Address:2202 Samita Kawai-cho, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara

Access:By car, 15 min from Horyuji IC. Or 2 min walk from Ikebe Station.

Hours:8:00-18:00

Umami Kyuryo Park in Nara Prefecture. We can enjoy seeing various seasonal flowers. Going on a picnic with lunch is enjoyable, and having a leisurely time at a cafe, is also nice. Various events are held, so you need to check beforehand.

Instagrammable Spots

Address:221 Han'nyaji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:10 min by bus from Nara Station to Hannyaji, then 3 min walk. By car, 60 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

Han'nya-ji Temple is well known as a cosmos temple. From September to November, there're 150 thousand and 30 kinds of cosmos are in bloom. It's very photogenic to take pictures of a temple and 13 storied stone pagoda over the cosmos!◎Parking lot is free during weekdays. On holidays, one car for 1 hour will be free, but more than that, you need 500yen.

Architectures

Address:160 Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Tel:0742-22-7788

Hours:6:00-18:00

Carving deer with an oracle (omikuji) in its mouth is popular, but a white-deer oracle given only during Shikinen-zoutai (repair of the shrine) is talked about its cuteness. Harry up, it's going to end in a short time!

Restaurants

Address:23 Tsunofuri-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Tel:0742-93-8393

Hours:10:00-19:00

It's a café under the direct management of a fruit farm in Yoshino, Nara. I recommend their fruit sandwich firstly. The fruit is delicious of course, the bread of brown sugar and the cream not too sweet are excellent!◎You can eat both for here and to go. They sell fruit and dry fruit, too. Open: 10:00~19:00, no regular holidays.

Hotels

Address:41-2 Suruga-machi, Nara-shi, Nara

Tel:0742-87-0556

5 minutes walk from Nara Station. And it has an easy access to Kofuku-ji and Todai-ji temples. And more, although it's located the center of the city, it doesn't cost much. Since it started in 2010, people from over 50 countries have stayed here an international guest house.

Spring Destinations

Address:15 Tousenji-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara

Tel:0743-55-3830

At 'Yamato Hina festival' held by the whole town, there're many hina dolls displayed in a shrine office. Such as hanging hina dolls and some made 100 years ago, they're worth seeing. You'll be attracted to the flowery scene in the slight aroma of plum blossoms.

Summer Destinations

Address:3549 Yata-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by bus from Kintetsu Koriyama Station to Yatadera. 25 min by car from Nara city. Parking area is available.

Tel:0743-53-1445

Famed as a hydrangea temple in Nara, Yata-dera has as many as 10 thousand trees and 60 kinds of hydrangeas including rare ones. We never get tired of watching the differences between the kind at a sample garden.◎Season: from June to the beginning of July every year, they open a hydrangea garden. Hydrangeas spreading toward the mountain are worth seeing. Many visitors come from other prefectures since Yata-dera has various kinds.

Events And Festivals (Omatsuri)

Heijo Palace

2 Review

Address:30 Nobori Oji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by bus from JR Nara Station West Exit. By car, 5 min from Yamato Saidaiji Station, 40 min from Osaka city, 60 min from Kyoto city.

Summer festival held at a vast site of Heijo Palace. This summer, the lighting event 'TOUKAE' was held at night, the sky changing its color every moment and the fantastic candle lights are wonderful. Look forward to this event in autumn, too!◎It's held in spring and autumn every year, but the dates changes each year. You need to confirm in HP. Free pickup bus is available between JR Nara Station and Kintetsu Saidai-ji Station,

Area

Yoshino-gun

Address:298-1 Sugitani Higashi Yoshino-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara

Access:30 min by car, from Haibara Station

As many as 1,000 weeping cherry trees are in bloom at Mt. Takami in Higashiyoshino, Nara. A minibus will take you to the top of the mountain. If you take a breathless climb up the long stairs to the observatory at the top, you will see a magnificent weeping cherry tree in front of you. The opening period is from the beginning of April to the end of April. It is a spectacular cherry blossom viewing spot worth seeing.

Uda-shi

Address:Ōuda Hongo, Uda-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by car or taxi from Hasedera Station

Matabē Zakura has become famous since it used in NHK's TV series. It's a weeping cherry blossom tree as tall as over 10 meters! What's more, can you believe that the tree is 300 years old! When we look up from its foot, the cherry blossoms are really amazing! There're also other flowers like daffodil around the tree, so we can see beautiful yellow and pink scenery.

Kashihara-shi

Address:Takadono-cho , Kashihara-shi, Nara

Access:By bus, 20min from Yagi Station to Kashihara City's Fujiwara Palace Site Library, then walk 2min. By car, 15min from Yamato Takada Bypass.

The magnificent flower fields of canola flower, cherry blossom, and beautiful sky! When all of the three appears at the same time, we can see a photogenic harmony of springtime.

Yamatokoriyama-shi

Address:3549 Yata-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by bus from Kintetsu Koriyama Station to Yatadera. 25 min by car from Nara city. Parking area is available.

Tel:0743-53-1445

Famed as a hydrangea temple in Nara, Yata-dera has as many as 10 thousand trees and 60 kinds of hydrangeas including rare ones. We never get tired of watching the differences between the kind at a sample garden.◎Season: from June to the beginning of July every year, they open a hydrangea garden. Hydrangeas spreading toward the mountain are worth seeing. Many visitors come from other prefectures since Yata-dera has various kinds.

Nara-shi

Nara Park

10 Review

Address:469 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:On foot: 5 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, 20 min from JR Nara Station. By bus: 2 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, or 9 min from JR Nara Station to Nara Park. By car: 45 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto.

Tel:0742-27-8036

More than 1000 wild deer live in the huge park with lush greenery, and we can meet them freely. Some stands sell Shika Senbei (deer's cracker), and you can feed them, but please beware of so many deer getting together around you!

Takaichi-gun

Address:806 Oka Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara

Access:15 min from Kashihara Jingu Station to Oka-dera Temple, then 5 min walk.

Tel: 0744-54-2007

Hours:8:00-17:00

Against the background of three-storied pagoda of Oka-dera Temple, many candles and Japanese umbrellas are lit up beautifully. There're many people getting together to see this illuminations. ◎By bus, 27 min from Kashihara Jingu Station, or 19 min from Asuka Station, to Oka-dera Temple, then 10 min walk. Temple illumination in 2018, only September 22 and 23.

Gose-shi

Address:Kujira, Gose-shi, Nara

Access:20 min by car from Katsuragi IC to the ropeway gate. By bus, 15 min from Kintetsu Gose Station to Katsuragi Ropeway.

Mt. Katsuragi is famous for azalea and called as 'one million azaleas in one glance'. They're all volunteer azaleas! The mountain colored in red is like an amazing red carpet! 'Cause there're many benches, it's nice for you to bring lunches and enjoy amazing hiking!◎The best season is the middle of May. In 2018, it'll be a little earlier. You can use the ropeway to the mountain top, or walk 1.5-2 hours to climb. During the azalea season, the ropeway gets crowded with many people, so you need to get there earlier. Check the ropeway extra service in HP.

Tenri-shi

Address:508 Yanagimoto-cho, Tenri-shi, Nara

Access:20 min walk from Yanagimoto Station. By car or tai, 40 min from Nara Station.

Hours:9:00-17:00

Chogaku-ji Temple located in Nara Prefecture. This temple is well-known for azalea flowers, but I like the season of rabbitear iris! The scenery of reflected rabbitear iris are very beautiful and mysterious. I took this pictures on 2018, May 10th.

Gojo-shi

Address:Ueno-cho, Gojo-shi, Nara

Access:20 min walk from JR Yamatofutami Station. 60 min by car from Nara Station.

Retro trains with lovely blue body. It runs once in an hour, but it becomes more during 7-8 in the morning of weekdays. You can have more chances to take pictures in that time!◎You need no fee to enter, nor to park your cars.

Sakurai-shi

Address:731-1 Hase, Sakurai-shi, Nara

Access:15 min walk from Kintetsu Hasedera Station. By car, 50 min from Nara city, 75 min from Osaka, or 110 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

Hase-dera Temple has so long and beautiful 399 steps. For it's called 'flower temple', you can enjoy seeing peony and cherry blossoms in summer, hydrangea in summer, autumn leaves, winter-peony and winter-cherry blossoms. What's more, the lush mountain seen from the main temple is just amazing view.

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