A helpful tourist information center in Nara where you can get cute “Shikamaro-kun” products!

Did you know that there are three information centers on a busy street in Nara? I’d like to introduce one tourist information center in Nara. It’s located between JR Nara station and Nara Kintetsu station on Sanjo street. The guide is offered in English and Japanese. They also have many Shikamaro-kun souvenirs available for purchase.

2018-09-11   Travel Tips, Nara,

The information center speaks mainly English and Japanese

There’s a bench outside and resting area inside the hall at the Tourist Information center in Nara, so you can relax here after walking around town. You can buy drinks from the vending machines, so it’s a great area to find the next place to go to while reading your guidebook and enjoying a drink. They speak Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. An English guide is given between 9:00 and 19:00. You can ask whatever you want; how to use the trains, where to stay, or where to eat! A Chinese guide is given between 9:00 and 15:30, but often you might not find staff there who speaks Chinese, because they are at other visitor centers. Brochures in any of the languages are always available. There are many kinds of brochures, ranging from hotels to dining.

The desk for multilingual support
The desk for multilingual support
Multilingual brochures
Multilingual brochures

There are many Shikamaro-kun character souvenirs!

This center is very special, because they have a lot of Shikamaro-kun souvenirs available for purchase!

Shikamaro-kun is the designated character for the deer in Nara Park. His thick eyebrows and smiling eyes are so cute. His favorite food is cookies, and he likes to nap in Nara Park under the sun. They also have informational books related to Nara. I recommend the badges called “Japan pins”. You can get them from the pull machine for 200 yen. If you get caught in the rain, please stop by, because they also have umbrellas. They offer a special room for those of you who might need to attend to your baby.

Shikamaro-kun goods
Shikamaro-kun goods
Pull machine
Pull machine
Japan pins
Japan pins

As a local resident of Nara, I recommend these! Nara ParkThe deer are a must see, but please also try to visit the following places!

Nara Karakuri Omocha-kan
Yagyu Ittoseki
Sarusawa-ike pond
You can refer to this for more information!


23-4 Kamisanjo, Nara sity, Nara Prefecture 630-8228

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Address 23-4 Kamisanjo, Nara sity, Nara Prefecture 630-8228
Hours Hours 9:00〜21:00
English speaking staff 9:00〜19:00 
Chinese and Korean speaking staff 9:00~15:30
※Sometime they can’t offer the guide in these languages.
Price Free
Close No scheduled holidays
Access A 7 min walk from Kintetsu Nara station Exit 2
Phone 0742-22-3900