Nara visitor center

by Tomoko

My last tour this year was in Nara.

When you hear " Nara ", what idea do you have? 

Most of the people remember a Big Buddha statue of Todaiji temple or deer park

Of course these are must-sees.

The last spot of my tour, we visited a newly opened center for foreign touriests, Nara Visitor Center.

Nara visitor center

What is good is .....

1 you can take a rest 

2 Free wifi

3 You can have some experience of Japanese traditional culture such as tea ceremony ( simple one ), Origami ( paper folding ) or so on. The staff speaks English or Chinese, will help you and give advice on Nara sightseeing.

Today, just before New Year days in Japan..

They offered three lessons

 1 New Year greeting card making ( Nengajo making )

  Using some stamps, I saw kids enjoying making a greeting card

2 Mizuhiki ( cerebretory gift decoration ) making

3 decoration of special chopsticks for New Year Days.

My guests enjoyed No 2 and No.3 Nara visitor center

The staff kindly and gently helps my guests making mizuhiki. It was a little complecated, But the decoration is make of three lines of paper strings. 

Nara visitor center

The next is .. special chopstick bag

First, the guests wrote their name in English in each.

Then the staff found the kanji characters with the same sound of their name

Next to the kanji characters, the meaning of each one was added.

Then let's practice writing Japanese characters with a brush-pen for calligraphy 


Nara visitor center

Then here it is =!!!
Well done!  it was a nice souvenir for them 

Nara visitor center

If you are interested in, why don't you stop by there?

I will assist you to enjoy the time in Nara too.

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30 Dec 2015

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I am a government licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over 90groups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have 4years of experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and guided over 100groups. 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 any1wanting 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 1of our members retrieve a lost ph1during the trip.

I needed to organize a 4-hour tour in Kyoto within 2days - 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 got10some 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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