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How much money will you need for your trip to Nara? You should plan to spend around ¥10,588 ($76) per day on your vacation in Nara, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ¥3,459 ($25) on meals for one day and ¥756 ($5.44) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Nara for a couple is ¥12,765 ($92). So, a trip to Nara for two people for one week costs on average ¥148,227 ($1,065). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Nara for one week usually costs around ¥74,113 for one person. So, a trip to Nara for two people costs around ¥148,227 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ¥296,453 in Nara. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Nara can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Nara? How much money do I need for Nara?

How much does a trip to Nara cost? Is Nara expensive? The average Nara trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Nara prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Nara
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Nara is ¥6,382. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Nara is ¥12,765.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Nara
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nara is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ¥756 per person, per day, on local transportation in Nara.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Nara
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Rental Cars in Nara
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Food Budget in Nara
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  • While meal prices in Nara can vary, the average cost of food in Nara is ¥3,459 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nara should cost around ¥1,384 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nara is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Nara
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  • Entertainment and activities in Nara typically cost an average of ¥972 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Nara
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Nara is ¥93 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Nara is Never.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Nara
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  • The average person spends about ¥1,371 on alcoholic beverages in Nara per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Nara
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  • On average, people spend ¥116 on bottled water in Nara per day. The public water in Nara is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Nara On a Budget
Nara Ukimido Pavilion, Nara, Japan (©NARA TOURISM FEDERATION/©JNTO)
As Japan's first capital, Nara offers a world of tradition and culture second only to the city of Kyoto. It is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are largely concentrated in the area of Nara Park. Here, it is also common to see many deer wandering freely amongst the temples and shrines.
In Nara, Nara Park is the place where most of the city's sights are concentrated. Temples, shrines, and semi-wild deer span across a wide, pleasant space of greenery. Visitors can enjoy the wildlife and even feed the deer in Nara. The Daibutsu-den, which houses the second largest Buddha statue in Japan, is said to be the largest wooden building in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is a giant front gate guarded by two fierce protectors, and there are many other giant statues and relics to be found on site.

Kofuku-ji is a temple with a three-story and a five-story pagoda that can be viewed beautifully from Sarusawa Pond. Other temples and shrines of the park include Himuro Shrine surrounded by cherry trees, Ukimido built upon Sagiike Pond, Shin-Yakushi-ji with fierce warrior statues and a Buddha of healing, and Kasuga Taisha with a giant rack of sake barrels near the front gate and the fountain-statue of a giant buck.

Nara National Museum has one of the world's best collections of Buddhist art and changing exhibitions, while some of the park's natural beauties can be viewed at the Kasuga-yama Hill Primeval Forest, Isui-en Garden, and the Yoshikien Garden.
Downtown Nara is the area built up around the city's two main train stations-JR Nara Station and Kintetsu Nara Station. The two main streets, Sanjo-dori Street and Noborioji-dori Street, are where you will find most of Nara's hotels, shops, and restaurants. Noborioji-dori Street marks the north side of downtown and takes you up to Nara Park, where most of the historic sight-seeing can be done. Naramachi is the more traditional district of Nara where you will find some ryokan (Japanese-style inns), restaurants, cafes, and shops. Easy walking distance to Nara Park and the two train stations, Naramachi is a pleasant part of town to take a stroll and enjoy the peaceful side of a traditional city for an afternoon.

With so much history and so many World Heritage Sites (both those mentioned above as well as others in the surrounding areas), sight-seeing can occupy most of a visit. Some worthwhile sights not yet mentioned include temple complexes like Yakushi-ji and Gango-ji as well as the Heijokyu Palace Site.

The Mount Wakakusa Fire Festival is a celebration usually held the night before the 2nd Monday in January. Great fireworks and the dry grass on the slopes of this mountain are set on fire by two temples, and can make for a spectacular show. There is also an annual light festival in August called Nara Toka-e, where 10,000 candles illuminate the area around Nara Park and major temples. The most traditional, however, is Shuni-e (Omozu-tori) which has been celebrated annual since 752 AD. During the first two weeks of March, priests perform a Buddhist memorial service every evening, running around the Nigatsu-do carrying large flaming torches
Food and Dining
One of the more renowned products of Nara is called kaki-no-hazushi, which is sushi (usually mackerel or salmon) wrapped in persimmon leaves and is used to make various foods from kudzu noodles to Japanese sweets. Somen are a type of thin wheat noodle also served in Nara, and can be either hot or cold. Another well-known culinary product is shika-senbei, a rice cracker sold around Nara Park, though it is mainly sold for the purpose of feeding the deer. The kaki-no-hazushi, mentioned earlier, is also popular take-out food, common with travelers passing through for a quick snack. As far as drinks go, yamato-cha is a locally-produced healthy green tea, and of course there is sake. Harushika brand is produced by one of the oldest existing sake breweries in Japan. Most restaurants are located in Downtown Nara or Naramachi, and range from local to international selections.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Since Nara does not have its own airport, most visitors arrive via either Kansai International Airport or Osaka's Itami Airport (for domestic flights). From Kansai Airport, Airport Limousine buses run to the two Nara train stations every hour.

By train from Kyoto Station, both the JR Nara Line and the private Kintetsu Kyoto Line will get you to Nara quickly. The trip can take 35-50 minutes depending on the train. The fastest train route from Osaka is to take the private Kintetsu Nara Line from Namba Station.

As Nara is a major tourist attraction, there are a good number of buses that run between Nara and other locations throughout Japan, which are much cheaper than train fares. Major bus lines include JR Bus, Willer Express, and Nara Kotsu.


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2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Kasuga Shrine

By backpackguru in Entertainment
Kasuga Shrine is situated in a pleasant forest and is one of the most interesting shrines in Japan. It's a Shinto shrine for the Fujiwara clan and has the gods that protect the city of Nara. The shrine has a lot of buildings with thousands of lanterns. There's also a pleasant garden. It's a nice shrine to wander through. Explore the grounds, and for 500 yen you can go inside. On occasion, you might be able to spot a deer from the forest roaming nearby the shrine. It's a very peaceful place and makes for a pleasant trip.

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