Nara's Best Winter Escapes

Winter in Nara is quiet, with fewer tourists and snow on the upper mountains. It's a good time to see the major sights without crowds. Whether you want to hike in the wilderness or keep warm indoors, there are plenty of options.

Dorogawa Onsen Townscape

While Dorogawa Onsen town tends to book out in summer, in winter, life slows down and you can experience the real rhythms of daily life. Taking a hot bath in an outdoor onsen and sipping hot sake will keep you warm and toasty. | History & Culture | Dorogawa Onsen

Ever Green

Cold weather is no reason to abandon outdoor pursuits. Although Nara lacks ski slopes, Ever Green leads groups up to the mountains for snow shoe trekking. | Nature & The Outdoors | Gojo

Shigisan Nodokamura Farm

Strawberries grow in the green houses from winter through spring, and you can pick and eat as many as you like. Keep warm with freshly cooked pizza from the outdoor woodburning stove on the farm. | Activities & Experiences | Ikoma

Yamato Onsen Nara Kenko Land

With indoor and outdoor baths, restaurants and entertainments, this 24 hour spa centre is great for the whole family, in any weather. | Onsen & Public Baths | Tenri

Isuien Garden

Japanese gardens are designed for all seasons. In winter, especially with a light coating of snow, the tea houses and stone lanterns look stunning. In January, the camellias are in full bloom. | Nature & The Outdoors | Nara Park

Murouji Temple

With a light dusting of snow, Murouji Temple looks like a delicate ink painting. Cool winter days emphasise the vibrant reds of the curved bridge, grand Niomon gate and elegant pagoda. | History & Culture | Murouji Temple

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