Family Fun in Nara

Of course kids will love meeting the local deer, but there are many other activities that families can enjoy together. From goldfish scooping and fruit picking to amusement park excitement and a tiger-themed temple, there is fun to be had around every corner.

Mt. Ikoma, Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park

This small amusement park is aimed at children, with rides that are fun without being too big and scary. There are regular live super hero shows. The views over the valley are also lovely. | Activities & Experiences | Ikoma


Kids will love scooping goldfish at this "training gym" for scooping. In summertime, there are competitions and events, but you can try scooping anytime. | Souvenirs | Yamato Koriyama

Shigisan Chogosonshi-ji Temple

Known as "Shigisan", this temple is famous for its huge tiger figures. Kids can enjoy walking through the belly of the tiger, which is supposed to make you brave and strong. | History & Culture | Ikoma

Kintetsu Ikoma Cable Car

The trip up Mt. Ikoma is half the fun. There are four cable cars, each with a different theme. You might take a cat, dog, cake or music shaped car. Even the insides are themed, with printed seats. | Activities & Experiences | Ikoma

Shigisan Nodokamura Farm

You can pick and eat unlimited strawberries or blueberries, pet and feed the animals, learn to make jam, or just run around in the park; this family-centered farm has plenty to do. | Activities & Experiences | Ikoma

Yamato Onsen Nara Kenko Land

This spa theme park is great for all ages, with various pools and onsen baths, play areas and karaoke rooms. Open 24 hours a day, it's a great rainy day option. | Onsen & Public Baths | Tenri

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