The following is a full-day model course for average-paced travelers that covers the major attractions in Nara on foot over about five kilometers. Add an additional kilometer if you start at JR Nara Station instead of Kintetsu Nara Station.

Start at Kintetsu Nara Station
Walk to Kofukuji Temple
5-10 minutes
Central Golden Hall
Kofukuji Temple's main hall 20 minutes
The Central Golden Hall is the main hall of Kofukuji Temple. It was destroyed in a fire about 300 years ago, and the current building is a reconstruction that was opened to the public in 2018 after years of reconstruction.
Eastern Golden Hall
Kofukuji Temple's eastern hall 20 minutes
The Eastern Golden Hall dates back to 1415 and houses a large statue of the Yakushi Buddha. Kofukuji's famous five-storied pagoda stands right beside.
National Treasure Museum
Museum showcasing the temple's art collection 45 minutes
The National Treasure Museum exhibits part of the temple's great art collection and is an absolute must-see for lovers of Buddhist art.
Walk to Nara National Museum
5 minutes
Nara National Museum
One of only four national museums in Japan 60-90 minutes
The Nara National Museum primarily displays Japanese Buddhist art, including temporary exhibitions. There are two wings to the museum, and they are connected by an underground corridor.
Walk to Todaiji Temple, passing under the large Nandaimon Gate
10 minutes
Nandaimon Gate
Massive gate along the approach to Todaiji 5 minutes
Nandaimon Gate is a large gate that stands at the entrance of Todaiji Temple. The two Nio Guardian King statues that flank the center path are also designated national treasures together with the gate.
Daibutsuden Hall
Todaiji Temple's main hall 45 minutes
Todaiji is one of Japan's most famous temples and a landmark of Nara. Its main hall, the Daibutsuden Hall, is the world's largest wooden building and houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha.
Take the scenic route along the back of the Daibutsuden Hall to Nigatsudo Hall
10 minutes
Approach to Nigatsudo
Scenic walkway 10 minutes
The scenic approach along the hill east of the Daibutsuden Hall is a quiet and picturesque street that leads to Nigatsudo Hall
Nigatsudo Hall
Temple hall with nice views from its balcony 20 minutes
The Nigatsudo Hall stands on a small hill east of the Daibutsuden Hall. Nice views of Nara can be enjoyed from its balcony. The hall is the site of the spectacular Omizutori ceremonies, held every March.
Walk to Kasuga Taisha through Nara Park
20 minutes
Kasuga Taisha
Nara's most celebrated Shinto shrine 60 minutes
Kasuga Taisha was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. The paid inner area of the shrine offers visitors a closer look at the inner buildings.
Take the bus back to the train station
15 minutes

Hotels around Nara

Recommended Hotels
Centrally located ryokan with outdoor baths that view onto the pagoda of Kofukuji Temple.
Agoda Booking
Hotel Fujita Nara
Regular business hotel located halfway between JR Nara Station and Nara Park.
Agoda Booking
Nara Hotel
One of the oldest Western style hotels in Japan, located next to Nara Park.
Agoda Booking