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accessible info  :  JR  /  Kintesu

  Big Buddha     

Todaiji Temple. The main road to the Big Buddha Hall is accessible for wheelchairs and baby buggies. There is also a special wooden ramp to enter the Big Buddha Hall. Wheelchair users take the wheelchair route to Big Buddha. On the east side of temple, visitors take a nice walk and have a good view of the temples. But this route is quite hilly because it is located in a mountain area. 
http://www.todaiji.or.jp
    

  Nara Park     

Same area as Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine, the Nara National Museum, Kofukuji Temple, and many famous ponds. There are many deer in this park. Deer are regarded as a symbol of God's messengers. There are many public toilets including wheelchair accessible ones.
http://nara-park.com
  

  Nara National Museum       
The Nara National Museum is fully wheelchair accessible. It has many ramps and lifts. The new and old buildings are connected on the underground floor. Many national treasures such as Buddhist sculptures, paintings, writings and decorative arts are displayed.
http://www.narahaku.go.jp/english/index_e.html
   
 

  Kofukuji Temple   

Many national treasures here. Free to enter Kofukuji Temple. No problem for wheelchair users to move around this temple. We must pay entrance fee for National treasure museum and the Eastern golden hall . National treasure museum is wheelchair accessible, but the Eastern golden hall is not. 
http://www.kohfukuji.com/english.html

  Kasuga Taisya     
Nara's most celebrated Shinto shrine having a long history. Non step but unpaved roads to the entrance of shrine. However many steps and stairs inside the shrine because this shrine was bulilt in a mountain. 
http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/ 
   

  Naramachi     

An old town. Located on the south of Kofukuji Temple. Some old house, which are opened for public, have non-step entrance or ramp. Wheelchair users can enter some part of them. Enjoy walking around.
  

  Heijo Palace    

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 794. Heijo Palace was the emperor's residence and the government offices. All the buildings were destroyed, but the Japanese government rebuilt parts of them. The area is free to enter like a park. Main roads are paved.
http://heijo-kyo.com
    

  Yakushiji Temple

UNESCO world heritage site. There are some ramps in the temple, but not fully wheelchair accessible. Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station has a ramp gate for wheelchair users. Also one step bus with ramp runs betweeb Yakushi and Nara station. 
http://www.nara-yakushiji.com
    

  Toshodaiji Temple

 

UNESCO world heritage. Main entrance (south gate) is stairs, but another gate on the right side. has no step. Many ramps and wheelchair route. A wheelchair toilet is also available. The access is almost same as Yakushiji. Both temples are located near.
http://www.toshodaiji.jp
    

  Horyuji 

World's oldest surviving wooden structures. The oldest temple in Japan. Build in 7th century. There are ramps at the gate and entrance for wheelchair users. Treasure House is new and fully wheelchair accessible. JR Horyuji Station has a lift. No problem to visit on wheelchair.
http://www.horyuji.or.jp/
  

  Kashihara Jingu

Sacred shrine built in 1890, located on the south of Nara. The total area is about 50 square meters. Wheelchair users have access from the main gate to shine buildings. But there are stairs at the north gate. The main sanctuary has an accessible ramp


  Tenri  

Tenri is a holy city of Tenrikyo which is one of contemporary religions in Japan. Tenrikyo Church Headquarters is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Anyone can enter the building freely. Japanese-style wooden structure. The sacred place is huge and very clean. Two lifts for wheelchairs users. Both JR and Kintesu Tenri Stations are wheelchair accessible. Shopping arcade street is flat and runs 1km from the stations. There are also many historical walking routes in Tenri city.    http://www.tenrikyo.or.jp

  Yoshino 

UNESCO World's heritage site. Deep mountains. One of the most famous cherry blossom sites in Japan. The roads are quite hilly and full of stairs. Very difficult and tough to walk for wheelchair users. We can go to Yoshino from Kintetsu Abeno Station by  Kintetsu railways. Both stations are wheelchair accessible. 
http://www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/

  Ninja museum of Igaryu   

Located Iga area, 60 min by car from Nara, 90 min from Kyoto. Iga is most famous Ninja area during Japanese war age. Ninja museum is not full wheelchair accessible, but a wheelchair user can see the antique Ninja house from the garden. Exhibition and performance are no problem. 300 meter walk on stone road from the parking lot. Possible to visit on wheelchair.
http://www.iganinja.jp/