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.


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)
How to get there

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 is the best area to stay when traveling to Nara?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nara:

  • Higashinari Ward: 35 vacation rentals
  • Higashiyama Ward: 135 vacation rentals
  • Tominagacho (Kawaramachidori): 58 vacation rentals
  • Kamihonnojimaecho: 20 vacation rentals
  • Gion: 80 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Nara?

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

  • Isui-en Garden: 209 vacation rentals
  • Nara Park: 168 vacation rentals
  • Kasuga Shrine: 116 vacation rentals
  • Neiraku Art Museum: 208 vacation rentals
  • Nara Prefectural Cultural Hall: 246 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nara listed on Vrbo 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.

Can I rent Houses in Nara?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 20 Houses in Nara. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nara include:

    Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Nara?

    Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 19 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Nara. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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