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
Central Golden Hall
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.
Walk to Nara National Museum
Walk to Todaiji Temple, passing under the large Nandaimon Gate
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.
Take the scenic route along the back of the Daibutsuden Hall to Nigatsudo Hall
Approach to Nigatsudo
The scenic approach along the hill east of the Daibutsuden Hall is a quiet and picturesque street that leads to Nigatsudo Hall
Walk to Kasuga Taisha through Nara Park
Take the bus back to the train station