Custom-made Nara tour with two families from USA

by Tomoko

I, Tomoko, started the tour with two families after picking them up at the hotel in Osaka.

As they arrives at their hotel late in the morning, we decided to start our tour from 12:00.

They requested Nara tour based on their request including the highlights. 

After picking them up, we headed for Nara by way of Tenno-ji station. When we got out of Tenno-ji subway station, I showed them the highest building ( 400 m high ) called Abeno Harcus. But actually we just glimpse the building and hurried to Nara as we don't have much time and wanted to spend more time in Nara.

We dropped in at a convenience store in fornt of JR  Nara station, we headed for Todaiji temple. 

Deer !!!

Most of the visitors start being excited on finding deer in Deer park from the bus.  They were not an exception.

So just after getting off the bus, they straight went to the park next to the path to the Gate of Toadiji.

Feeding deer

Yes. Feeding deer is fun. Though some of them are a little aggressive, they totally enjoyed feeding deer 


Based on their interests, I made a tour plan. I added Isuien garden to the tour plan because they wanted to see.

Isui-en garden is not so historic place, but the most attractive thing is the borrowed-scenery garden. It consists of two gardens,  When we advanced to the second garden, suddenly the beautiful scenary with Wakakusa yama mountain, and the roof of Nandaimon gate.


Custom-made Nara tour with two families from USA

I asked them which would be better for them to visit , Kasuga shrine or Koshi-no- ie. They said they had seen a shirne in Tokyo, and were more interested in the local house. 

Koshino ie

is opened to the public to let us see an old-style local house. The staff showed us how to close the windows we can't touch because of its height, and how to close the wooden door fastened up to the ceiling during the daytime.

I showed them the old style bath tub and explained the structure of the traditonal house. We could see a big torch ( of course without fire) used in the big event of Nigatsu -do hall.


Nara highlights

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27 Jul 2014

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I am a government licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over 90 groups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have 4 years of experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and guided over 100 groups. I am good at making tour plans based on your interests because I know my city ( I was born and brought up in Kyoto) in detail. If you are interested in historic places, I will offer a tour for historic places, If it's cultural experiences, then a tour with cultural classes such as a tea ceremony, wagashi ( Japanese confectionery) making, and so on. Why don't you ask me? I will make your time in Kyoto more enjoyable. Kyoto has a lot of sites to offer you and it is difficult for you to decide which to choose among them. I think I will be of great help.

Here are the reviews from the tours I worked as a guide on another occasion.

Tomoko was very thorough in her preparation for our tour, adapting to our programme needs, and extremely knowledgeable of Kyoto, its transport system ensuring speedy transfers between venues and the history and detail of each activity we undertook, which included Zen gardens, temples, tea ceremony, good lunch venue, advice on other sight seeing venues and the Geisha and Gion area. Would strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a quality guided tour in Kyoto.


We had a lovely tour today with Tomoko! She's really experienced and knows Kyoto as good as her palm! She explained us everything that we needed to know additionally for the next days and took us to the desired restaurant .. Really helpful and high level of knowledge.

Your knowledge of all the places you took us to was unbelievable and your English was outstanding particularly your translation of the Monk's address at the Temple of the Ringing Crickets, without you we would have missed out on his enlightening message.You really took the time to consider the things that were of interest to us and provided a fantastic itinerary that left nothing out. Both of us felt at great ease in your company and we will remember our day at for many years as the highlight of our trip to Japan. Lunch was a great treat and the Bike tour enabled us to see so much of the area especially the great variety of amazing temples.

Tomoko, once again thank you so much for giving up your time to look after us for the day.

Tomoko was very accommodating of our tour group which had a wheelchair-bound elderly. She was able to explain the history and significance of the temples we visited in good English. She also made it a point to ensure that our top interests were fulfilled during our tour with her, which was great! Last but not least, she was extremely helpful in helping one of our members retrieve a lost phone during the trip.

I needed to organize a 4-hour tour in Kyoto within 2 days - and Tomoko Yamasho responded immediately, gave helpful tips over the internet and put together a tour tailored to my interests. When we met, she turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide, flexible to my new ideas (I had gotten some more advice from friends in the meantime) with excellent English and with a good sense of humour. Thank you, Tomoko Yoshihara.
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