Experience Nara Time in Japan

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Experience Nara Time in Japan

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Around Nara

Course 06

A Daytime Trip to the “Treasured Buddhas” & Nara’s High-Grade Sake

For many who grew up around Buddhist art objects and other relics, it’s only after they’ve grown up that they can truly appreciate their significance and workmanship that has lasted through the ages. It’s also only as an adult that one can enjoy a pleasant walk with the slight buzz of a drink. A walk through the city streets in a kimono can be lovely, as well.

  • Nara National Museum

  • Nara National Museum
    Buddhist Art Library

  • Harushika Sake

  • Nara-machi Museum

  • Nara Sake Speciality Shop Nara Izumi Yusai

Appox. 4 km
Approx. 48 min (Not including time spent at locations)

Kintetsu Nara Station

1.1 km: Approx. 13 minute walk

Nara National Museum

An inspiring heritage

Nara’s National Museum has an impressive display of Buddhist artwork, as well as important cultural properties with deep connections to Nara’s past. In the Nara Hall of Buddhist Statues, view a masterpiece exhibition of the “Treasured Buddhas.” The New Hall also features incredible special collections, like the treasures of Shosho-in (Treasure House at Todai-ji Temple), and other remarkable exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Address:50 Noborioji-cho, Nara
  • TEL:NTT Hello Dial: +81-50-5542-8600
  • Closing days:Mondays (Closed the following day when Monday is a national holiday)
  • Opening hours:9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Parking lot:Not available
  • Admission fees:
    Masterpiece Collection:
    Adults: 500 yen
    University Students: 260 yen
    * Free for those under high school age, those under 18, those over 70, and visitors carrying Nara Citizens with Disabilities Booklet. Prices will vary for special exhibitions.
  • Website:Nara National Museum
350 m: Approx. 4 minute walk

Nara National Museum Buddhist Art Library

A modern Japanese-style building with a trace of late-18th century style

The Buddhist Art Library was established for the creation and collection of Buddhist art-related research documents, but the building in which it is housed is quite beautifully artistic as well. The library includes documents from the 6th to the 12th century, and it also highly praised for its modern design, which includes a clever mix of east and west with such features as its Islamic-style windows.

  • Address:50 Noborioji-cho, Nara
  • TEL:NTT Hello Dial: +81-50-5542-8600
  • Closing days:
    Only open on Wednesdays and Fridays. (Closed on national holidays and weekends, and from December 26th to January 4th)
    Instructions for using the library: Please enter the grounds via the south gate along Kasuga Taisha Shrine Road and enter via reception at the building’s western entrance.
  • Opening hours:9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Copying is only available until 4:00 p.m.)
  • Parking lot:Not available
  • Admission fees:Free
  • Website:Nara National Museum Buddhist Art Library
1.1 km: Approx. 13 minute walk

Harushika Sake

Sample sake at this well-established brewery

Enjoy a cup of sake at Harushika, a representative brand of Nara sake, at their own elegant brewery. Buy an original glass for 500 yen, and sample several different varieties of sake while you visit. Sake is of course available for purchase, as well as various other sake products and souvenirs.

  • Address:24-1 Fukuchi-in-cho, Nara
  • TEL:+81-0742-23-2255
  • Closing days:Closed during the summer O-bon holidays, during New Years, and for two days for company activities.
    (Closed for approx. 11 days throughout the year)
  • Opening hours:8:15~17:15
  • Parking lot:Available (Space for up to 5 vehicles)
  • Admission fees:500 yen for sake tasting
  • Website:Harushika Sake
400 m: Approx. 5 minute walk

Nara-machi Museum

A place to learn about life in Nara-machi

Nara-machi Museum displays various folk art items, painted signs, and old artwork from the houses of Nara-machi, along with explanations of the city’s history. Your eye is sure to be caught by the rows of “migawari-zaru,” red cloth monkey charms that hang along the entrance. You can even buy your own inside!

  • Address:14 Nishi-no-shinya-cho, Nara
  • TEL:+81-0742-22-5509
  • Closing days:Free
  • Opening hours:Main Building: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Parking lot:Not available
  • Admission fees:Free
  • Website:Nara-machi Museum
400 m: Approx. 5 minute walk

Nara Sake Speciality Shop Nara Izumi Yusai

This Nara Prefecture sake speciality shop is a sake lover’s delight

This shop offers over 120 varieties of sake from 29 breweries from not only Nara City, but Nara Prefecture as well. All varieties are available to sample for a fee.

  • Address:22 Nishiterabayashi-cho, Nara
  • TEL:+81-0742-26-6078
  • Closing days:Thursdays (Open on Thursdays when Thursday is a national holiday)
  • Opening hours:11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Parking lot:Not available
  • Website:Nara Sake Speciality Shop Nara Izumi Yusai
650 m: Approx. 8 minute walk

Kintetsu Nara Station


Related Information

Enjoy Nara in a kimono!

Make some memories with an easy kimono rental
With shrines and temples, retro architecture, and the streets of Nara-machi, Nara is full of scenery that goes well with kimono and their summer cotton counterparts, yukata! Visitors can have even more fun taking photos.※Image is for illustration purposes.

Have a taste of authentic sake in Nara, the birthplace of Japanese sake

Shoryaku-ji Temple, the birthplace of sake
Shoryaku-ji Temple is reknowned as one of the most beautiful places to view red autumn foliage in all of Nara Prefecture, or Yamato, as it was known once, long ago. It was beloved by people long ago, too, who referred to the changing colors of the entire mountainscape as the “Land of Brocade.” Since ages long past, this temple’s sake brewing techniques have been extremely advanced, and it is recognized as the “birthplace of sake,” as it was here that the foundational steps for brewing sake were developed. The temple is also currently preparing a yeast starter.

  • Address:157 Bodaisen-cho, Nara
  • TEL:+81-0742-62-9569
  • Closing days:December 30th & 31st
  • Opening hours:9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closes at 4:00 p.m. from December to February)
  • Parking lot:Available (Free) *Parking is paid during autumn foliage-viewing season
  • Admission fees:For each hall at Fukuju-in Temple:
    Junior High School Students & Above: 500 yen
    Elementary School Students: 200 yen
  • Website:Shoryaku-ji Temple

Enjoy all kind of local sake from a variety of breweries, whose techniques date back to the era of Shoryaku-ji Temple.

This brewery is located in the same area Shoryaku-ji Temple, which produced such particularly clear sake. Viewing of the brewery interior is available if reservations are made by the previous day of your visit.