Destination guide

Historical Nara will entice you

Take a holiday 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 such as Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday 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 holiday home and experience everything that makes Nara a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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 highlights

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 centre:

  • 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

Transport to and around Nara

Fly into Osaka (ITM-Itami), the closest airport, located 26.8 mi (43.1 km) from the city centre. 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 travelling by train, Takanohara station, Shinomiya station and Nara Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay near Nara?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 57 holiday rentals near Nara. From 31 Houses to 11 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Nara for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Nara?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Nara:

  • Naniwa Ward: 374 holiday homes
  • Higashiyama Ward: 287 holiday homes
  • Gion: 213 holiday homes
  • Tennoji: 327 holiday homes
  • Chuo Ward: 411 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Nara?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Nara. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Shosoin Temple: 561 holiday rentals
  • Nara Park: 480 holiday rentals
  • Kikoji Temple: 937 holiday rentals
  • Wakakusa Yamayaki: 856 holiday rentals
  • Shin yakushiji Temple: 856 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nara listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nara?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 31 Houses in Nara. Our other popular types of Nara holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 11 holiday houses
  • Studios: 11 holiday houses
  • Hotels: 15 holiday houses

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Nara?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 48 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Nara. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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