How to go from Kyoto to Nara ?

  • Published on : 20/07/2022
  • by : Japan Experience

An easy one-day trip

Discover how to go from Kyoto to Nara and its famous temples from Kyoto. If you are not in a hurry try to take a local train and consider stopping off along the way (Tofuhku-ji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Uji).

0 KM - Kyoto Station

Make sure to check the best route and train schedule on Jorudan before arriving at the Kyoto Station. 

1 KM - 0H03 - Tofuku-ji

One of the Kyoto’s largest Zen monastories, home to a famous five-storey pagoda and to a beautiful garden is a few minutes away from the station, head south-east.


3 KM - 0H05 - Inari

The orange-lacquered torii (shrine gate) right outside the station marks the entrance of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, where thousands of other torii aligned to form a tunnel await the visitors. This place was featured in the film Memoirs of a Geisha. Visits are free and the temple is open from dawn to dusk everyday. Walk through the torii ascending Mt. Inari to reach the temple ‘observation point and have an impressive view of Kyoto’ s skyline. We need to add that there are numerous statues of the Kitsune or White fox, guardian of the Shrine and its god, Inari-okami. They are very cute and mark the entrance.

Discover the train route from Kyoto to Nara
Zen monastories
Shinto Shrine, Kyoto
Byodo-in Temple
Deers in Nara
Map of the Train route from kyoto to Nara

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