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2014-09-29T22:47:09+08:00
Yes. 
Example:

I live near the school.
The meeting place is near the abandoned hospital.
Tourists destinations near Tokyo, Japan include luxurious hotels.

That way, it is used as preposition.
Do not add "to" after near. 

Near can also be used as a verb, adj, adv, and as preposition.
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2014-09-30T12:05:40+08:00
He placed his bag NEAR the table.
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