Yukari took me to Nara in 2002 so it really dates back and I had an instant love with the place. At the time, it is much less touristy, very local, less deers, you could walk in silence on a Saturday
Since I have been living in Japan, I organised to spend at least one day each year, on an early morning Sunday before buses and hords land to the souvenir shops.
From Osaka, you have express trains in 45mn to Nara, it is a small town, you can walk to everywhere. Please go and enjoy!! dont spoil it