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Beautiful Memories In The Eternal Ancient City, Nara

by Masaki
(30) Reviews
8h $ 260 Price up to 10 people


  • Luminarie at Nara Park between 8th - 14th
  • Todaiji Temple, the Great Buddha Statue
  • Horyuji Temple

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260.40 USD

Price up to 10 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 18.60
Extra person .
$ 18.60


Nara Luminarie is one of the big winter events that is held in February.
It starts February 8th - 14th.
A fantasy world extends in front of you in Nara Park.

What to Expect

600 years later, in 790, a young man stepped into the land of the capital. He was a very talented man.
His uncle, impressed by his brilliance, encouraged him to study at the capital.
He was young Kukai, later became the greatest priest Japan has produced.
To the young man who just came from a small local town, the capital must have been a dream-like city.
He studied at Daianji Temple, Todaiji Temple, and Gangoji Temple.
In those days temples in Nara were a kind of national university.
The young monks who completed university education were dispatched to local towns as a priest or official.
Ancient Nara was a big educational town as well as a political center.
1200 years has passed since then.
Now in this city, unlike Tokyo or Osaka, there is nothing new and exciting.
No skyscrapers, amusement parks, or entertainment facilities which attract young people.
In Nara you have calmness, quietness, and slow time flowing.

But here is one thing that any other city in Japan doesn't have. This is what is called the essence of this city.
Get off at Nara Station.
Just in front you, just in front of your eyes extends the original image created 1200 years ago.
Kukai would miss the days he spent while young.

One of my guests said,"One thousand years later, you won't see today's Tokyo, but you will see this ancient city as it is."

The following is my recommendations.

Horyuji is the oldest wooden building in the world.
It was built in the 7th century and has been preserved in the original shape.
Japan's first world heritage site.

Todaiji Temple and the Great Buddha Statue

Nara park is famous as Deer Park.
There are three world heritage sites in it.
Todaiji Temple and the Great Buddha Statue are the most important masterpieces in the 8th century.
No. 3
Kofukuji Temple
Its five storied pagoda is elegant and beautiful, and it is the symbol of Japan's ancient architectural structures.
Many of Japan's most important Buddha statues are stored here.

Nara machi
It is an old town. It has preserved the traditional merchant houses and still retains an old atmosphere.
You may enter merchant houses and watch and learn people's daily lives.
Here are many unique shops, souvenir shops, various restaurants.

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Organized by Masaki

Licensed Guide
(30) Reviews


  • Luminarie at Nara Park between 8th - 14th
  • Todaiji Temple, the Great Buddha Statue
  • Horyuji Temple


City Nara

Depart From Nara

Meeting Point JR Nara Station, Kintetsu Nara Station

Ending Point JR Nara Station, Kintetsu Nara Station

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 10 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • guide fee

What‘s not included
  • transportation fee (you and guide)
  • lunch ( you and guide)
  • entrance fee (you) (500 〜 900 each)
  • travel expense or hotel pick up fee (2000 yen)

Frequently Asked Questions

How about the tour with more than six people?

The guiding fee of the group with more than six is 30000 yen.

Do you have tours on weekdays?

Any day will be available if I have no reservation.

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.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

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.

About Masaki

Licensed Guide

(30) Reviews

Contact Masaki
Response Time 3 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Welcome to my homepage.
For me, meeting with people is a gift from God.
A new encounter inspires me and enriches my heart.
People sometimes ask me unexpected questions I can't answer on the spot.
New encounters are, in a sense, a kind of continuation of embarrassment and bewilderment.
As a tour guide, going around with people is like an adventurous journey.
Those who I met stay in my heart with good memories.But I also would like to stay in your heart.
Yes, every encounter, solo or group, is a glow of jewels.
I taught at senior high school. Good teachers are not always a good scholar, one time a comedian, another time a hero, like a spiderman.
I'm an expert in history, culture, and religion.
Why is Japan so mysterious?
My tour is full of smile, humor, laughter, and lectures.
I'm also a lover of music and a chi exercise instructor.
Why don't you try chi exercise with me? read more

Reviews ( 30 )

2 weeks ago |   by Joliza

“ Nara and Kyoto Escapade with Mountain Burning Festival ”

Masaki gave us the highlight of our trip. We really enjoyed our time with him. He prepared a very organized tour and you can really see his hardwork and effort paying off. Much recommended to other tourists. He also took us to an excellent dinner place afterwards where we drank sake and ate delicious japanese food. We will never forget our time with Masaki. He will also take pictures for you to keep memories. I would book hin again when I return to Japan. Thank you Masaki!

1 month ago |   by Samantha

“ Knowledgeable, prepared and enthusiastic ”

We toured Nara with Masaki and had a fantastic day! He brought us off the beaten path to see Horyuji Temple, which was worth the time, then to Nara Park to play with the deer and see Todaji Temple. Masaki knew his history about each spot and had plenty of stories and information to share. He has a notebook with facts and dates for you to read and was very well prepared. He is also a fantastic photographer and took 100 pictures of us throughout the day on his iPad (shared via Google photos). We wish we had booked him in Kyoto also... our other guided days paled in comparison. We learned a lot and had a very enjoyable time with Masaki- highly recommended.

1 month ago |   by Doris

“ Spiritual Journey ”

My family was so happy . Kyoto and Nara’s tourist spots was amazing.

1 month ago |   by Ewan

“ Kyoto Solo ”

As a lone traveler who's no experience with tour guides I was a bit dubious about how much I would enjoy a guided tour. But I can honestly say spending time with Masaki was probably the highlight of my entire trip. From his warm welcome, extensive historical knowledge and attentiveness the day turned out to be very rewarding. On top of the very informative tour, Masaki provided all the information required to easily travel to the meet up point. Taking time at the end of the day to ensure I was catching the correct train home. The pictures are also a nice souvenir. Thanks for a great time Masaki. Hope to see you again when I return to Japan!

Very Good
2 months ago |   by Duy

“ Customized Kyoto day tour ”

Mr. Masaki Hira was very knowledgeable of history and accommodating to fit all our trip itinerary. He's very helpful at taking our photos, overzealous at times, and emailing them to us afterwards.

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