Nara Full Day Tour - World Heritage and Ancient Sites

by Luke - TripleLights travel specialist

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on Triplelights. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our twelfth post of the series, we focus on the best full day tour of Nara.

 

Experience the highlights of Nara with this 8 hour itinerary, which aims to visit the most popular sites in the ancient capital, including some of the best World Heritage sites. Enjoy the Great Buddha, old streets left behind from the Edo era, the biggest temple in Japan, and two styles of traditional Japanese garden.

 

1. Kasuga Taisha

With over one thousand events throughout the year at Kasuga Taisha, this World Heritage shrine nestled in a vast primeval forest of Nara Park, can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The nearby botanical gardens, the changing seasons, the sand-scraping wisteria, these can all be enjoyed at Kasuga Taisha, along with the mysticism of the shrine itself.

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2. Todaiji

One of the most popular sightseeing spots in Nara, Todaiji houses a wealth of significant items designated as National Treasures. The reason for its popularity though, is the opportunity to see the Great Buddha, which is housed in Japan's largest temple, an impressive World Heritage site built in 752.

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3. Isuien Park

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Since Nara was the former ancient capital of Japan, it is great place to experience the changes between both Edo era Japan and Meiji era. Luckily, there's a garden for that. At Isuien Park, you can enjoy the difference between two separate traditional Japanese gardens, each respectively representing the two different era's.

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4. Naramachi

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Travel back in time at Naramachi. The old streets of Nara, left behind from the years of the Edo era can make a great place to explore. Recently, old wooden buildings have been converted to restaurants and souvenir shops, but that doesn't detract from the atmosphere here. Cross through narrow winding streets of ancient buildings, in an area that isn't just silently retaining character, but is surrounded by temples of World Heritage status.

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5. Kofuku-ji

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With a 1300 year old history, the World Heritage site of Kofuku-ji is the head temple of the Hosso sect. A five-storey pagoda stands proud and is a representation of a time when Nara was the ancient capital, an array of Buddhist sculptures and other treasures can be found inside the National Treasure Museum, and a wealth of Nara history can be attained here.

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04 Jan 2016

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Recent Tour Reviews in Nara

“ Nara highlights. ”

Excellent
2 weeks ago Traveler: Ian -   Tour Guide: Hiroyuki

Absolutely loved our day with Hiro. Excellent English and a warm nature made our day. Hiro never seemed to tire of our many questions and had an extensive knowledge of the ancient sites . Finished the day with a toy museum to our daughter’s delight. He also will send us the photos he took. I highly recommend his services. Regards Ian,Lisa &Ian
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“ Perfect Day ”

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3 weeks ago Traveler: Karen -   Tour Guide: MAKOTO

Mac is fantastic guide! He was well prepared and very organized. He was also very knowledgeable and easy to understand. I would highly recommended him! Thanks for a wonderful tour!
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“ 5 star guide for Kyoto area ”

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3 weeks ago Traveler: Jerry -   Tour Guide: Hiroyuki

Excellent prep Terrific driver Thoughtful enjoyable guide
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“ good service ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Jessie -   Tour Guide: Takehiko

Me and my family are very happy with Mr Takehiko service. He is so attentive to us.
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“ A nice day! ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Lainie -   Tour Guide: Mitsuyuki

We had an enjoyable day with Mitsuyuki. While we were planning our trip, he was very helpful and flexible regarding the itinerary. He was open to suggestions as well as making suggestions himself. His car was very comfortable and he was a smooth driver. He provided water, which was a nice touch. He took us to a lovely restaurant for lunch. All in all, we enjoyed our day with him!
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“ Nara and Kyoto ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Gwen -   Tour Guide: Masahisa

Super patient man who caters to our large group with old and young. Considerate and thoughtful. Highly rated
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“ Beautiful introduction to Japanese history and culture ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Christopher -   Tour Guide: Richard

Richard's passion for Japan really shines through - you can feel his deep respect for the country and his insight into Japanese history and culture. Our tour took us to truly off-the-beaten paths that even some native Japanese miss out on. Our tour was a very long day (be prepared to walk and travel) but definitely well worth it. And the sake tasting definitely helped. I wholeheartedly recommend R...
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“ Unforgetible experience ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Lana -   Tour Guide: Richard

We spent 4 amazing dates with Richard last month and he took us to some out-of-the-way places and had auténtic food we did not expect to have. He took us way out in the country and we discovered the oldest Shrine in all of Japan, ate Swimming Somen noodles (which we would love to bring back to New York) and just had an amazing time listening to his stories and his understanding of Japanese History...
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“ Wonderful day in Nara ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Michael -   Tour Guide: Hiroyuki

Hiroyuki guide us a day in Nara. It was wonderful. So many insights knowledge to thr places we visited. The stories that are not in the guide books or Internet. Thank you for great day!!!
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“ Trip to see Hemiji Castle (1) Himeji Castle + Engyoji-temple on Mt. Shoshazan ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Rosa -   Tour Guide: Kenji

We booked trip with Kenji for half a day when our cruise ship arrived in Kobe. I initially asked Kenji for a tour to Nara but at the last minute we decided that we would rather see Himeji Castle. I asked him to change itinerary at the last minute. He was very positive about the change and suggested to go to see additionally Engyoji-temple on Mt. Shoshazan that I did not even know about. Our trip w...
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