5 days in Nara Prefecture & Mie Prefecture Itinerary

5 days in Nara Prefecture & Mie Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
Train:  3 h 30 min
1
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Toba
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Train:  4 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara itinerary builder site.

Tokyo to Nara is an approximately 4- hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Toba.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Toba

Toba ©
Notable for its oysters and the production of cultured pearls, the city of Toba, mostly situated within Ise-Shima National Park, includes a number of small islands in Ise Bay.
Visit Ichigo Beach and Koushirahama Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck and Tsukiyominomiya. Step out of Toba to go to Shima and see Hotel Shima Spain Mura, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, explore the activities along Toba Bay, head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island, and contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Toba trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nara to Toba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in September, you will find days in Toba are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toba

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ise, Shima
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Mikimoto Pearl Island ©
Mikimoto Pearl Island
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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