Video Thumbnail

Nara Park

Established in 1880, Nara Park (奈良公園, Nara Kōen) is home to over 1000 freely roaming deer. Considered the messengers of the gods, they have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure.

Todai-ji Temple

An iconic landmark of Nara, Todaiji (東大寺, Tōdaiji, "Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples. It is home to the biggest bronze Buddha in the world, and serves as the headquarters of an entire school of Buddhism known as Kegon.

Isuien Gardens

Isuien (依水園) is an attractive Japanese garden with a variety of features, such as the use of Todaiji Temple’s Nandaimon Gate and Mount Wakakusayama as “borrowed scenery”. Isuien means “garden founded on water,” and the garden’s name is derived from the fact that its ponds are fed by the small adjacent Yoshikigawa River.

Nigatsudo Temple

To the east of Todaiji Temple, Nigatsudo is a smaller temple also part of Todaiji. As you make your way to the top via the cobbled steps flanked by ancient stone walls, the magnificent wooden structure of the main hall looms above you. As the sun sets and the lanterns are lit, the views over Nara are unbeatable.

Kasuga Taisha

Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) is Nara's most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. Kasuga Taisha was also the tutelary shrine of the Fujiwara, Japan's most powerful family clan during most of the Nara and Heian Periods.

Heijo Palace

Formely the site of Nara's Imperial Palace that housed the emperor's residence and government offices, The Heijo Palace is included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nara for its great historical and cultural significance.

Explore Nara and stay at
JW Marriott for peace of mind