Travel Information

About Nara Prefecture & City

Welcome to Nara, the birthplace of Japanese history !!

Nara is situated in the center of Japan and has rich natural environments. It’s a city with a population of 1.4 million and is within easy access of the other big cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe.
Nara is the birthplace of Japanese history. It was called Yamato in ancient times and was region where the oldest Japanese literature began. In 710, the ancient capital of Yamato was moved to Nara. After that, Nara became a cultural hub of Japan as the endpoint of the Silk Road and received many things and ideas from Europe and Asia. After importing Buddhism and other cultural asserts from China and the Korean peninsula, Japan developed a unique culture. So, Nara is the starting place of Japanese cultures and spirits. There are many old temples and shrines including world heritage sites.
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Access to Nara

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From Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Nara
Kansai International Airport is one of the Asian hub, with 499 weekly flights to Asia, 66 weekly flights to Europe and the Middle East, and 35 weekly flights to North America. It is situated 50 km from the center of Osaka city. It takes about 85 minutes by Limousine Bus, or about 70 minutes by train from KIX to Nara (JR Nara Station, Kintetsu Nara Station).

From Narita International Airport (NRT) to Nara
Narita International Airport, also known as Tokyo Narita Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. It is located 57.5 km east of Tokyo Station. It takes about 4hours 30 minutes by train (JR Narita Limited Express, JR Shinkansen (Nozomi) and JR Rapid Express) from NRT to Nara (JR Nara Station).

URLs for Access to Nara

Time Zone

GMT + 9.


All Japanese people speak Japanese language in everyday activity. Many Japanese people speak simple English.


The electric voltage in Japan is 100 volts. The plug used is type-A.

Emergency contact

  • Ambulance       : 119
  • Fire                : 119
  • Police              : 110

Please contact the information desk if you need medical assistance. They will advise you about where and how to find appropriate medical care.

Currency and Money Exchange

Japanese currency is ‘Yen’ (JPY). One USD is equivalent to JPY 105. (December 25th 2013)

Visa to Japan

Depending on your nationality, a visa may be required to enter Japan. Nationals of countries and areas with visa exemption arrangements with Japan are found at:
Visa rules are complicated and may change at short notice. You can find further information regarding visas by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan at:
Attendees requiring an entry visa should inquire at their local Japanese embassy or consulate regarding the required visa and documents. We advise you to apply for your visa as soon as possible, as visa application may take a while.
We can provide official letters of invitation to persons who have completed the full or workshop registration and for which payment has been received. To request an invitation letter, please contact