Japan Train Stations: Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station
Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station 近鉄奈良駅
Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara, is one of the two main Kintetsu stations in Nara city, the other being Kintetsu Nara Station. Yamato-Saidaiji Station is located on the west side of Nara city close to Saidaiji Temple and the Nara Palace Site.
Rail connections from Yamato-Saidaiji Station
Yamato-Saidaiji Station has trains on the Kintetsu Nara Line west to Namba, Uehommachi and Tsuruhashi in Osaka. The Kintetsu Kyoto Line connects Kintetsu Nara Station with Kyoto Station to the north via Yamato-Saidaiji and Tambabashi. The Kintetsu Kyoto Line continues on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway to Kokusaikaikan.
To get to Toshodaiji and Yakushi Temple in the southwest of Nara take the Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Nishinokyo Station from Yamato-Saidaiji Station. The Kashihara Line from Yamato-Saidaiji connects to Kashiharajingu-mae and then further south to Asuka and Yoshino on the Kintetsu Yoshino Line.
For Horyuji, you can take a train to Kintetsu Tsutsui Station and then a bus in the direction of Oji and get off at the Horyuji-mon-mae bus stop on National Highway 25 across the road from the Horyuji Information Center.
Buses From Yamato-Saidaiji Station
Taxis are readily available from the station and there is a large bicycle parking area near the South Exit. You can also rent a bicycle here.
Around Yamato-Saidaiji Station
The NaraFamily shopping complex includes the Kintetsu Nara Department Store and a large Aeon supermarket. Stores in Kintetsu Nara Department Store include a branch of Uniqlo, the JTB travel agents, Benetton and a post office. There are restaurant floors in the basement and on the 6th floor.
Sanwa City just opposite the station has branches of Starbucks and Subway, a Docomo store, a Mitsui Sumitomo Bank ATM, and various other restaurants and cafes.
The station building itself holds the Time's Place Saidaiji shopping center with a Family Mart convenience store, a branch of import store Seijo Ishii and various other fresh food stores and restaurants.
Check our Nara map for the locations of these shops and restaurants and other Nara attractions.
Hotels in Nara
Places to stay in Nara include the Toyoko Inn Nara Kintetsu Eki-mae, Tenpyo Ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn, the People's Inn Hanakomichi, the 4-star Kasuga Hotel and the Noborioji Hotel next door, also 4-star.