- Nara Park: deers under the cherry blossoms
- A five-story pagoda immersed in cherry blossoms
- The first cherry tree to blossom in Nara
- The Great Buddha of Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park: deers under the cherry blossoms
Nara Park is home to about 1,200 deers in Nara Park. These cute (but still quite wild) animals are designated as a ‘Precious Natural Treasure’ of Japan. They’ve been protected since ancient times because they are believed to be messengers from the gods.
Usually, the best time to see cherry blossoms in Nara Park is from the end of March to the end of April. There are about 1,700 various kinds of cherry blossom trees in full bloom.
- Address：543 Shibatsuji-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture
- Getting there：5-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station / 20-minute walk from JR Nara Station
- Website：Nara Park
A five-story pagoda immersed in cherry blossoms
Koufuku-ji temple was built in 669, and is one of the most famous and prettiest spots in Nara. During Spring, it is a great photo spot as the five-story pagoda seems to be rising up from the trees. Make sure not to miss the drooping cherry tree near the three-story pagoda as well.
- Address：48 Noboriōji-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture
- Getting there：6-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station
- Website：Kohfuku-ji Temple
The first cherry tree to blossom in Nara
At Himuro Shrine, you can find a drooping cherry tree called Nara-Ichiban zakura (奈良一番桜: literally ‘The first cherry tree in Nara’) . every year, itt is the first cherry tree to blossom in Nara and has become a symbol of the advent of spring for the locals.
There are several beautiful drooping cherry trees on the shrine grounds. The one in front of the four-legged gate is 100 years old.You can also enjoy viewing cherry trees illuminated at night (around 6pm to 9pm).
- Address：1-4 Kasugano-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture
- Getting there：15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station
- Website：Himuro Shrine (Japanese text only)
The Great Buddha of Todai-ji Temple
If you are planning to visit Nara, you may have already included this visit in your schedule: Todai-ji temple and its famous Great Buddha. The temple is symbolic of the Nara period as it was established by Emperor Shomu in 734. The Great Buddha hall is known as the largest wooden building in the world.
During the cherry blossom season, many cherry trees around the Great Buddha hall are in bloom, especially on the the path between the rear of the Great Buddha hall from Nigatsu-do Hall and Sangatsu-do Hall, and on the path between Kagami-ike Pond and Mt. Wakakusa.
When you go through the Chu-mon gate after paying an admission fee, you’ll see a some more drooping cherry trees along the corridor of the Great Buddha hall.
- Address：406-1 Zoshi-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture
- Getting there：20-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station / 5-minute walk from “Todai-ji Daibutsu-den Kasuga Taisha mae” bus stop of Nara Kotsu Bus
- Website：Todai-ji Temple
While you are in Nara Prefecture, Mt. Yoshino is also a famous spot for viewing cherry blossoms. Do not miss our article:
Why Mt. Yoshino is the best spot for cherry blossoms in the Nara area