Although you can see Nara in a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, I've included some recommendations for an overnight stay for more leisurely sightseeing. An extra incentive for staying overnight is provided from mid-July through September, when many of Nara's most important historic buildings, like Todaiji Temple, are lit at night, making for a romantic nighttime stroll.

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