4hs $ 131 up to 6 people
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Nara half day tour

(51) Reviews
4hs $ 131 up to 6 people


  • Nara Park
  • Kasuga Taisha
  • Todaiji
  • Naramachi

Choose your tour guide for this tour, price depends on the guide.

Our average price is 131 USD for 4 hours.

Average Price

131 USD

total price for up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

What to Expect

This is the short version of the Nara full day tour for people who want to see the quick view of the area, an ancient capital of Japan. It includes the famous Nara park where you can play with the deers, and Todai-ji temple where you can see the enormous Buddha statue. You can also enjoy shopping at Nara-machi where you can enjoy the traditional townscape of old times.



There are numerous World Heritage sites in this park at the base of the lush green mountains, such as Todaiji, Kofukiji and Kasuga-taisha. Friendly deer, which are said to be messengers from the gods, will come to greet you.

The World Heritage site of Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) was established to enshrine the local deity at around the time of the transfer of the capital 1300 years ago. The brilliant vermilion shinden in the primeval forest is magnificent and mysterious.

People have always loved Todaiji, which was completed in the year 752 and continues to be a religious place down to this day. The essential sights include the buildings that were rebuilt after being destroyed in fires caused by wars, Daibutsu (the great Buddha), masterpieces from the geniuses Unkei and Kaikei, and the statues of the guardian deities.

In Naramachi, an old town with vestiges of those times, there are World Heritage-designated temples, longhouses converted to restaurants, and souvenir shops for visitors to spend a leisurely time.


City Nara

Meeting Point Coordinate with Guide

Ending Point Coordinate with Guide

Duration 4 hours

Starting time Flexible

Number of people to 6
What‘s included
  • Guide fee

What‘s not included
  • Hotel Meetup
  • Your transportation fee
  • Guide transportation fee
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Entrance fee

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want to customize this tour?

You can change the places you want to visit during the booking process. In the first step, you can add or remove places and also write any special requests that you have for the tour.
Our guides will take care of you and help you to plan the perfect trip.

Transportation (Public or Private)

Most of our guides use public transportation such as train, subway, bus, etc., which is cheaper than taking a taxi or hiring a private car. If you are a big group or if you prefer to use taxi or a private car, our guides will help you to find the best option that fits your needs.
Please note that the transportation cost is NOT included in the tour fee, only the guide fee is included.

Big Groups

If your group is more than 6 people, we recommend you to contact our guides directly first, to see if they can manage your group. See all Guides in Tokyo

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 51 )

13 hours ago |   by Stamatina

“ Excellent and thoroughly recommend ”

Excellent and friendly guide. Very knowledgeable on all the sights.

4 days ago |   by Livia

“ Fun, interesting, energetic, outstanding guide! ”

Makoto is a fantastic guide. He was funny, energetic, interesting, and spoke great English (he lived in the US for 10+ years.) We had so much fun on his tour. Makoto (actually, he goes by “Mac”) lives in Nara so he knows the area inside out. We saw so many beautiful temples and gardens that I would have completely missed if I just walked around with a Lonely Planet book. We fed the deer, marvelled at beautiful samurai swords and gigantic ceremonial drums, and even saw the piano that Einstein played when he visited Nara. Best of all, Mac shared so many aspects of everyday Japanese culture, like which pickle stores offer free samples, and where to buy recycled kimono, and why the 3, 5, and 7-year old kids were all done up in traditional dress at some of the shrines. We even got lucky and saw a traditional wedding in progress. Amazingly, he even knows where to shop! Mac said his wife trained him well, so ladies, don’t hesitate to ask for a quick whirl through some of the most interesting shops along the way. I recommend him 100%. He was worth every penny. I will definitely hire Makoto when I come back for cherry blossom season.

1 week ago |   by Nancy

“ Great Day in Nara ”

We had a wonderful walking tour of Nara during our recent cruise of Japan. Masaki is a fantastic guide. He was so helpful and patient, sending us explicit instructions on how to take the train from Kobe--complete with pictures. Nara is beautiful, and Masaki was very informative, answering our many questions. He took us to a wonderful little restaurant for an authentic Japanese lunch. I had also asked if he could recommend a restaurant in Kobe where we could get Kobe beef, and he actually went there the day before our tour and sent me a picture of his recommendation--it was delicious. We would highly recommend Masaki.

2 weeks ago |   by Denise

“ A Great Day Out ”

We had a very enjoyable half day Nara city tour with Akira. He was prompt in meeting us and gave us excellent instructions on how to get from Kobe to Nara. We got to see all the best things in Nara on our short visit and would recommend Akira to others thinking about a private guide

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