The Venue, Nara New Public Hall, is just located in the midst of Historic City of Nara. So you can visit famous sites within walking distance. In the following website you will find recommended sightseeing spots and their route guides in English. It will be helpful for accompanying person and those who will not participate in official excursion.
In 2010, especially, the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital is being celebrated. You can take Free Shuttle Bus to Heijo Place Site from the west exit of JR Nara station. Please also visit following website.