Nara City Budget Day Tour #1

Planning to visit Japan soon? I have come up with a series of budget day tour itineraries that is aimed to maximize your visit to a specific place in Japan without having to break your bank. For today's itinerary, I'm featuring a Nara City walking course itinerary. Read on my dear readers.

Nara City Budget Day Tour #1


1. Transportation from your accommodation going to JR Nara Station is not included in this itinerary.
2. The itineraries would always start at JR Nara Station and end at JR Nara Station.
3. The accommodation budget is also not included.
4. The itineraries start at 8:30AM as most destinations open at 9AM. 
5. The exploration time in a place is pegged at an hour per destination. However, you may opt to cut it shorter or stay longer. 
6. It is also assumed that you are traveling light.

Nara City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #1

Nara City Walking Course 1

8:30 AM

Arrival at JR Nara Station.

Exit at the East Gate.

8:35 AM


Walk towards the nearby Nara Tourism Information Center and ask for the Nara City Tourist Map.

It’s FREE, informative, and actually a good souvenir.

Optional: You can grab a coffee at the Starbucks branch inside the Nara City Information Center building.


Walk to Nakatanidou Mochi Shop

Travel time from Nara Tourism Office to the famed mocha shop is 13-15 minutes.

8:55 - 9:55 AM

Watch Mitsuo Nakatani and his team make mochi the traditional way. You don’t need to pay any admission fees to watch but if you want to try out the mochi, you can buy one.

Mochi: 130 yen per piece / 900 yen for a pack of 6.

Read more about  Nakatanidou Mochi Shop


9:55 AM

Walk to the nearby Kohfukuji temple grounds.

Travel time: 2 – 5 minutes


9:57- 10:57AM


Explore Kohfukuji

Admission Fee: FREE


National Treasure Museum: 600 yen

Eastern Golden Hall: 300 yen

Read more about Kohfukuji




Walk to Nara Park

Travel time: 3-10 minutes depending on what area of Kohfukuji you are in.


11- 12NN


Explore Nara Park and feed the deer.

Admission Fee: FREE


Shika Senbei Crackers to feed the deer: 150 for a pack of 10 crackers.

Read more about Nara Park

12 – 1 PM


LUNCH at any restaurant near the park


Walk to Todaiji

Travel time 5 – 20 minutes depending on where you are. However, assuming that you are in Nara Park, you can reach the temple in 5 minutes.

1:05 – 2:05PM

Explore Todaiji and check out the Great Daibutsu. You might want to try and crawl through the hole in one of the pillars inside the temple known as Buddha’s Nostril. If you successfully do so, then it is believed that you will have enlightenment in the next life once you accomplish this.

Admission Fee: 600 yen

Read more about Todaiji


Walk back to Nara Park and buy some souvenirs from the stores along the way.

Travel time: 5 minutes


Rest and relax at Nara Park or feed the deer again.

Admission Fee: FREE

Read more about Nara Park


Walk from Nara Park to JR Nara Station, you can buy more souvenirs and snacks along the way

Travel time: 30-40 minutes


Arrival at JR Nara Station. Buy train tickets back to your accommodation.

Another option is to book for a hotel in Nara City and explore again the next day using my 2nd itinerary.


Early dinner at any restaurants near the station or along the way from Nara Park.


Expenses Summary:





Transportation Fees


Train ticket in and out of Nara City

Admission Fees


Todaiji – 600 yen


Food Expenses


Lunch  - _______ yen 

Snacks and refreshments - ______ yen

Early dinner - _______ yen


Optional Expenses


Souvenirs - ________ yen

Starbucks coffee - ________ yen

Nakatinidou Mochi Shop's Mochi - 130 yen per piece / 900 yen for a pack of 6.

Shika Senbei Crackers - 150 yen for a pack of 10 cracker

National Treasure Museum: 600 yen

Eastern Golden Hall: 300 yen


Total Expenses


600 yen + food expenses + optional expenses



Multiply the expenses to the X number of travelers.



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