Nara 奈良 is located in Kansai region of Japan; about less than an hour time from Kyoto and Osaka. I believe people know about Nara because of the deer that run everywhere, but actually there are more than deer over here. There are the country’s best temples and shrines, fine gardens, and museums for visitor to explore.
For full itinerary, check out the Japan Trip 2016: 10D9N Autumn in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara & Arima
I got the 1 day Kintetsu Rail Pass at ¥ 1,500 as this pass provides the unlimited rides on Kintetsu Railway and Nara Kotsu Bus Line within the designated areas. It took only 30minutes from Kintetsu Namba Station to Kintetsu Nara Station.
Depends on how you arrange the itinerary, you can actually travel to Kyoto, Nara and Osaka with this pass. 2-day Kintetsu Rail Pass is available too!
Things to do in Nara
Mount Takao (Takaosan) 高尾山 is a small but beautiful mountain with the height of 599 meters above the sea level, one of the closest natural recreation areas to central Tokyo. Located just about 50 mins away from Shinjuku by train, great enough to do a half day trip or 1 day trip over there; leisurely hiking on the mountain. Immerse yourself into the natural beauty of this place; release the ion charges while walking through the trees. It can be quite crowded on the weekends, or during special occasion day. It will be a great place for hanami in mid of April and momiji in mid November to early December.
We took the Keio Railway from Shinjuku that offers the cheapest and fastest connection to Takaosan. The round-trip discount ticket is priced at ¥ 1,380 which includes a return thicket of Shinjuku-Takaosan (at Takaosanguchi Station), Cable Car Ride and Chair lift up to the mountain.
For full itinerary, read Japan Trip 2017: 7D6N Spring in Tokyo & Hakone
Things to do Takaosan